School Issues for Foster Children
Schools can unintentionally be a minefield for foster children and foster parents. Some of the common school issues that foster families face can include:
- 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 couple of more recently published resources that we think you will find particularly helpful are:
- How Much To Share With Teachers of Your Foster or Adopted Child’s Past (blog post)
- Labeling Kids with Special Needs – How Much to Share (blog post)
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.