Starting school may be an adopted person's first encounter with people outside their family and friends. Questions from peers or teachers may be uncomfortable for children, and some classroom assignments may be challenging. For example, a child who joined the family when he or she was older may not have baby pictures, and the common family tree assignment may be difficult for an adopted person. Find resources in this section to help adoptive families and teachers better understand school-related adoption issues.
Adoption at School (PDF - 777 KB)
Schoettle & Singer (2016)
Center for Adoption Support and Education
Addresses the role that teachers play in helping children process adoption and ways in which parents can promote the need for open, informative communication about adoption in schools by talking to teachers and providing them with information about resources for learning more about adoption on their own.
Adoption and School Issues
Presents age-specific ways in which adoption is processed and experienced in educational settings.
Adoption at School: Questions From Peers, the Family Tree, and More
Adoptive Families (2017)
Offers a series of articles addressing issues that adopted children and their parents may face as they navigate the school system, including conversations with teachers and choosing schools.
School and Education
Families Adopting Children in Response (FAIR)
Provides short, relevant writings on iissues and concerns about how adoption is handled at school and the troubles that adopted children may have, from the archives of Families Adopting Children in Response (FAIR).
What You Should Know About Transitioning an Adopted Child to School
Rainbow Kids (2015)
Explores strategies that adoptive parents can implement in order to ease their child into educational settings, including establishing a routine and speaking with teachers.
Adoption Basics for Educators: How Adoption Impacts Children and How Educators Can Help (PDF - 236 KB)
Iowa Foster and Adoptive Parents Association
Provides educators with basic information about adoption and suggestions on how educators can assist students who are adopted.
Back to School: A Guide to Making Schools and School Assignments More Adoption-Friendly (PDF - 663 KB)
Adoption Advocate, 27
Provides guidelines for educators on how to make early childhood education assignments, such family diagrams and family trees, more inclusive of adopted children.
Including Adoption in Everyday Teaching
Provides age-specific suggestions for educators seeking to make their classrooms more inclusive of adopted children.