Adopted children can face some truly awkward and uncomfortable
feelings with homework and classroom projects that teachers don't
think twice about.
As an adopted parent, it is best to be prepared for these
assignments and ways to work with the teacher and your adopted
child so that they feel included and accepted.
This article is adapted from www.adoptivefamilies.com.
Assignment:Bring in a baby picture. The photos are often posted
anonymously and classmates are asked to guess who's who, or may
be used in yearbooks or graduation presentations.
Grade level:Preschool to kindergarten; junior high and high
Learning goal:To help students get to know one another; to salute
Why it's challenging:Children adopted at an older age may not
have baby pictures; the identities of children who stand out
because of race or physical differences are easy to guess.
Alternatives for teachers:Have children bring in pictures from
when they were "younger," or draw pictures of themselves as
Approaches for parents:Let your child know that you wish you had
photos, too, and say that you're sure she was a beautiful baby.
Encourage her to draw a picture of herself.
How one family handled it:"My son was asked to bring a baby photo
for his elementary school graduation. I wrote a letter to the
teachers and included articles fromAF. The team leader
acknowledged that they'd just always done it this way. In future
years, they'll ask for photos of the children 'at a younger
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