Adoption Awareness in School Assignments: A Guide for Parents and Educators

 
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Several common school assignments can make foster and adoptive children feel left out, uncomfortable, sad, and hurt. Projects like the ‘Family Tree’, ‘Bring-a-Baby Picture’ and ‘Trace Your Genetic Traits’ can be particularly difficult for students adopted at older ages; however, children adopted as infants and those living in foster care may also lack the information for some family-based assignments.

Many teachers are not aware of the negative impact of these projects on foster and adoptive children, unless the subject is brought to their attention. Of course a teacher can’t always anticipate that a family history assignment is problematic for a particular child.

Fortunately, these assignments can be easily modified to work for children in all different types of family configurations, without sacrificing the educational goals.

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