While Your Child is in School

Helping Achieve School Success

There are a lot of things to remember as a foster parent in preparing a child in your home for school. Included are things for you to remember, ways to make transitions easier and ideas on how to keep open communication with school staff.

Preparing for Your Child to Go to School

Preparing your children for school involves many things; however, for your adopted child, you may want to include talking specifically to your child and their teachers about adoption and how certain experiences in a school setting may create challenging situations. Several tips are discussed to teach and coach your child on how to appropriately discuss their adoption story as well as providing their teachers with information that will assist them in the classroom when sensitive issues arise.

Education and Adoption: Issues to Keep in Mind when Working with Students and Families

This tip sheet was written for educators working with adopted youth. As a parent, this is a good tool to provide to your child’s teacher to have them become aware of some of the issues surrounding adoption such as trauma and loss.

Helping Kids in Care Change Schools

Changing schools can be a scary experience for a child in care: new teachers, new students, new building, and new home. This tip sheet provides some guidance on how to help make this transition easier for you and for the child in your home. It includes ideas on communicating with school staff, confidentiality, and including birth parents.

Fostering a Child with an IEP

Understanding Individualized Education Plans (IEP’s) can be challenging to understand. Included is information to help take some of the guess work out of this process and help provide some basic knowledge about IEP’s, who they are appropriate for, and what your role is as a foster parent to a child with an IEP.

School Issues and Bullying: How LGBT Parents Can Support Children

So much changes when children head to school – including how they see themselves and their families. Children with LGBT parents may face additional questions and even bullying. This tip sheet offers advice and information on how you can help your child identify and respond to bullying and cyberbullying.

Adoption at School: Homework Triggers

As an adoptive parent, you know that many childhood issues have an adoption “overlay.” This means that, while you’re aware that certain things are typical for your child’s age or stage of development, you also know that your child’s adoption may be a factor in behaviors that you see. Homework assignments and other school activities are examples of events that can spark a reaction in your child that may be adoption related; something that may go beyond what you’d expect as ty

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