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School Issues

School, school assignments and school functions pose situations and questions that can be unique to an adopted child and therefore it is important that you learn and understand how to help the child deal with these situations.

Adoption and School Issues

The school environment, school mates and teachers play an important role in the life of every child whether adopted or biological.  An adopted child can face special issues in school.  For an adopted child assignments and discussions about family of origin, about mother, father, and siblings may be confusing and anxiety producing if the adopted child has not been properly prepared.  The reaction of teachers and other children to the knowledge of adoption can upset your child. As a parent you will know that many of the problems your child experiences in school are "normal" school-system problems that tend to be common to most children. However, sometimes problems develop that you know are adoption related or cause you, as the parent, to wonder if the problem is related to the fact that the child is adopted.

You may find two sources of information helpful.  First visit the link Adoption and Schools and then read the Child Welfare Information Gateway article Adoption and School Issues.

Additional Information

If you need or want some specific personal advice, contact your agency social worker, your pediatrician, clergy, or your local mental health center, or your local family service agency for recommendations of appropriate professionals.

Help for Adopting Families by State

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 Alaska  Nebraska
 Arizona  Nevada
 Arkansas  New Hampshire
 California  New Jersey
 Colorado  New Mexico
 Connecticut  New York
 Delaware  North Carolina
 Florida  North Dakota
 Georgia  Ohio
 Hawaii  Oklahoma
 Idaho  Oregon
 Illinois  Pennsylvania
 Indiana  Rhode Island
 Iowa  South Carolina
 Kansas  South Dakota
 Kentucky  Tennessee
 Louisiana  Texas
 Maine  Utah
 Maryland  Vermont
 Massachusetts  Virginia
 Michigan  Washington
 Minnesota  West Virginia
 Mississippi  Wisconsin
 Missouri  Wyoming
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