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How to raise adoption awareness at school

Becoming an Advocate at School

Becoming an Advocate at School

There’s nothing like a school’s insensitivity to adoption to turn a quiet mom into a bold activist.

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Tips for discussing adoption in the classroom.

Talking About Adoption in the Classroom

Some parents choose to talk to their child’s teacher about adoption. Others believe it’s a private matter. Here’s how your fellow readers weigh in.

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Should You Tell the Teacher that Your Child was Adopted?

Should you tell the teacher that your child was adopted? What happens when your child doesn't share your ability to learn? Parents share advice and offer support on these and other questions.

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Happy Endings

The end of the school year can be stressful for children and parents. Here’s a guide for making it a smoother transition.

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One mom explains special needs adoption to her son's class.

“I’m a Lot Like You”

In a letter to her son’s kindergarten class, a ghost-writing mom explains what it means to be adopted and to have cerebral palsy.

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How one boy found ways of celebrating heritage.

“Celebrating Heritage in The Wax Museum”

Breaking out of racial boundaries to create a new vision of the world and its past.

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Tips for creating adoption awareness in school assignments.

How to Adjust Invasive Assignments

Parents should expect school assignments that are difficult for their children. So be prepared.

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How can you introduce adoption to your child's classmates?

Explaining Adoption in the Classroom

AF readers share their tips and tricks for bring adoption to their kids' classrooms.

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AF readers and AFC community members sound off about diversity at school.

Classroom Consciousness

Finding the right school for your child is a personal, and sometimes emotional, process — especially when considering diversity and academic excellence.

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“School Daze” — Part 4 of Foster Adoption Series

In part four of our family's adoption odyssey, our daughter grapples with her learning disability.

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Combating Bullying with Books

Children's literature can be particularly helpful in opening up conversations on difficult topics. An adoptive mom reviews four books about bullying.

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The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander

[Book Review] The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander

An adoptive mom and teacher reviews The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander, a book about how parents and teachers can recognize and help break the cycle of bullying.

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[Book Review] Adoption and the Schools: A Resource Guide for Parents and Teachers

Though many schools support the ideas of diverse families and multiculturalism, adoption is rarely mentioned as one of the differences to be considered or part of a school curriculum. This book seeks to change that.

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Adoption expert Lois Melina on talking with adopted children about unknown birth family information

When Parents are the Educators

Raising adoption awareness at school can protect your child from thoughtless remarks and benefit classmates, teachers, and the school community. Just be sure to tread lightly and respect boundaries, especially your child’s.

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Managing adoption in the classroom can be daunting for your child

Empowering Kids to Handle Sticky Assignments

When adoption comes up in the classroom, you can't always help your child handle it. Here's how to set up your child to advocate for herself at school.

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A parent talking about adoption with young children

How I Explained Adoption to the First Grade

Using a favorite doll and a logic children can follow, one mother enlightens her daughter's curious class about adoption.

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