Sharing Your Child’s Past at School

Q&A with the Experts


sharing child's history with teachersQ: How much information of your child’s past and history before they were adopted should you share with your child’s school?

A: Danielle Goodman, an adoption social worker, says you should only share information about the child’s history and past if is needed. If parents want to ask their child’s teacher to be receptive to possibly changing up some assignments in order to include all of the children, discussing their child’s history might be wise. Otherwise, your child’s information and adoption story is their own and shouldn’t be shared with others.

Danielle Goodman is an adoption social worker and the Regional and District Supervisor with Adoptions From The Heart. For more information on this topic, listen to the Creating a Family radio show: “School Issues for Adopted Kids and Families” and visit our blog: “7 Tips for Adoptive Parents at the Beginning of School Year“.

Image credit: Chicago 2016 Photos

24/08/2015 | by Q&A with the Experts | Categories: Adoption, Adoption Q&A with the Experts, Fostering, Fostering Q&A with the Experts | 2 Comments

2 Responses to Sharing Your Child’s Past at School

  1. Avatar Sue Badeau says:

    I agree with the main point of this post in general, but would like to add one additional thought. When a child has experienced trauma, there are sometimes things that are necessary and helpful for the teacher to know in order to facilitate and safe learning environment for the child in the classroom and the school. For example, if there are certain effective approaches to help prevent the child’s exposure to trauma triggers or to respond to the child if triggered, this can be essential information for a teacher to have and can make a world of difference to the child’s educational experience and successes.

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