School Issues for Foster Children

school issues for foster children

school issues for foster childrenSchools can unintentionally be a minefield for foster children and foster parents. Some of the common school issues that foster families face can include:

  • The language used to talk about foster care, birth families and even adoption
  • What to share, with whom to share it, and when to talk with school personnel about your foster child’s history
  • Traditional assignments such as family trees and baby picture projects
  • Learning issues causes by interrupted education, history of neglect or deprivation or prenatal exposure
  • Incomplete grade-level progress caused by multiple placements or changes in districts/buildings
  • Ethnicity and racial issues

Of course, there can be much more to the struggle than even those things listed here. It’s helpful to be prepared for the challenges a foster child might face.

Creating a Family has many resources on school issues for foster children.  A few of our more recent ones that we think you will find particularly helpful are:

Scroll to the very bottom to see other resources that Creating A Family offers to educate and support foster parents for school issues for foster children, in the form of blogs, radio shows/podcasts, tip sheets, fact sheets, and expert Q & A’s.

Additional Resources

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Creating a Family Radio Shows on School Issues

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Creating a Family Blogs on School Issues

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Creating a Family Factsheets, Tips, Research on School Issues

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Creating a Family Videos on School Issues

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Q and A's with Experts on School Issues