Wednesday, August 17, 2011

School starts next week - at least in the DFW area.
      Pencils - check
      Backpack - check
      Lunch - check     
      Binders/folders/box of Kleenex - check
      Information about adoption - WHAT? 
Don't assume that your child's teacher knows anything about adoption, much less about your adoption. 

Your child's teacher might get a little confused if he/she hears your child talking about his/her "other mother/birthmother/tummy mummy/firstmother" or "birthfather".   

Older children might be a little stumped when asked to provide geneology information for a project. 

You don't want your child singled out just because there is an adoption in your family, but you do want to be proactive for your child.  Adoptive Families magazine offers several resources that can help.   AND you can always call Hope Cottage for suggestions!

Is Your Child Ready for School?  Does she know how to field adoption questions that might come her way? by Carol Rogers

Hope Cottage is the oldest nonprofit, non sectarian adoption agency in Dallas. Since 1918 Hope Cottage has been building and nurturing strong families through counseling, education and adoption services.
If you have questions about adoption, please call Hope Cottage at 214.526.8721. 

If you are a woman facing an unplanned pregnancy and would like to talk to someone about adoption, please call Hope Cottage at 1.800.944.4464 or 214.404.4546.

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