As back to school rolls around, the school year signifies a time in which parents go above and beyond to ensure their children are as successful as they can be in the class. In the case of adoptees, this success can look a little different. The question of “should I share that my child is adopted with their teachers” begins to manifest.
There is no right or wrong answer to whether you should share the information that your child is adopted with their teachers. This decision is unique to each child and family.
If your child is at an appropriate age, asking for their input on this decision is essential, seeing that they will be the primary party involved. There can be several pros and cons to the decision to disclose this information to their teachers, so it could be helpful to sit down and brainstorm a list of these pros and cons. These pros and cons can vary depending on multiple factors such as the child’s age, the type of school environment they are going into, and the nature of the adoption.
Ultimately, disclosing the information about your child being adopted is up to the child and their parents. There is no correct answer to this question. Choose whatever will be most beneficial to the child to help them succeed academically, socially, and emotionally in their educational environment.
Choosing to disclose this information could bring about uncomfortable conversations and questions but also informative and beneficial conversations. To make an informed decision, do your best to research information. Feel free to contact AFTH with any questions so our staff can help advise you and provide you with the proper resources.
Let’s work to make this the best school year for all kiddos!