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January Classroom Connections

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Many teachers wonder how they can best support adopted students and students in foster care. This month, we’ve compiled some resources for teachers who are looking for ways to support students and families.


What Teachers Should Know About Adoption


From the National Quality Improvement Center for Adoption and Guardianship Support and Preservation (QIC-AG)

Link to full resource guide can be found here: http://qic-ag.org/wp-content/uploads/...

“Outside of the family network, teachers and other school personnel play the largest role in children’s development. Because children spend a great deal of their daily lives in school settings, it is important for teachers to be aware of adoption and the behaviors that some children — both pre- and post-adoption — might exhibit in the classroom. Many teachers have found it extremely beneficial to develop a relationship with the adoptive parents and work with them to determine a classroom routine that works well for their child.”

This guide also includes information on:
Crafting assignments
Planning lessons
Holidays
Adoption status

Back to School: A Guide to Making Schools and School Assignments More Adoption-Friendly
National Council For Adoption

Full article can be found here: http://www.adoptioncouncil.org/images...

“Schools can support adopted children and children in foster care by providing a sensitive and tolerant environment in which adoption, multiracial and diverse families, and various family configurations are positively reflected in the classroom.”

This article is filled with suggestions for assignment adaptations (to benefit all students), positive adoption language, and more.

Educators Making a Difference for Students - Adoption, Foster Care and Kinship Care in the School Setting
Iowa Foster & Adoptive Parents Association

“Educators can be a valuable source of assistance and advocacy for all children in the classroom. Occasions may arise when a child is asked a personal question about his or her family situation that he or she cannot answer or chooses not to discuss. It is possible that a child may be teased or taunted about his or her family situation. If this happens, educators are encouraged to step in and assist the child just as they would if they heard inappropriate questions or teasing about issues such as race, culture, or divorce. Even emotionally strong children might need assistance in these situations. Educators may seek input from the child’s parents or caregivers on how best to handle individual situations.”

This guide contains resources on positive adoption language, becoming a trauma-informed educator, and more.

Links Roundup
Looking for more information on how teachers can support adopted children and children in foster care? See below for even more links:
https://adoption.com/including-adopti...
http://www.colorincolorado.org/adopti...
https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/b...

Diverse Books Club Links
This month, we encourage you to check out the resources for Forever, or a Long, Long Time (https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...) as well as the recommendations from other DBC members (round-up coming soon!) on the theme of adoption/fostering. We hope these will be helpful for you this month and beyond!