Books and Articles on School Issues for Adopted Children:
Dear Teacher - Even a teacher sensitive to adoption may benefit from having words to say. Here is a sample letter to help you compose your own. by Kathy Urbina and Deb Luppino
"Adoption in the Schools: A Lot to Learn," - this policy perspective brief by the Evan B. Donaldson Institute points out that, as adoption becomes increasingly normalized in the United States, more and more adoptive families are confronting challenges when their children attend school - and it offers recommendations for how educators can better meet those challenges.
"Friendships, Social Skills, and Adoption" put out by that wonderful group at The Center for Adoption Medicine at the University of Washington. This is a great fact sheet on social skill development and gives practical useful suggestions for how parents can help their children develop these skills.
The US Government provides a free Factsheet on "Adoption and School Issues" which covers how adoption impacts a youngster in school. They address if, when, how, and why to talk about adoption with school personnel. Also examined are specific educational problems that are common to adopted children and how to advocate for the educational and support services that they might need. Ways are suggested to help students, teachers, principals, and other school personnel to become more sensitive to adoption issues.
EMK Press has a nice resource page for adoption issues that may arise at school.
An Educator's Guide to Adoption by the Institute for Adoption Information Great resource for educators or for adoptive parents to give to their child's teacher.
S.A.F.E. at School Manual presents 5 proactive strategies to help teachers and counselors create a positive adoption environment in school. This wonderful booklet is provided by The Center for Adoption Support and Education and can be ordered at their website.
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