|about adoption. Order from Cindy Fleischer and Lisa Maynard, P.O. Box 178, Pittsford, NY 14534 (716-924-5295 or 716-586-9586).|
|•||Parents must consider their own child and school setting in making a decision about sharing adoption history with the school, considering carefully the ramifications and "hidden messages" of sharing and not sharing.|
|•||Parents may decide to educate the educators individually, through group presentations to teachers and guidance counselors and/or students.|
|•||Parents must seek ways to involve their own child in decision making about the design of any educational presentation (either individual or group). The child's particular history should never be shared in a public forum.|
|•||Parents should be alert to the impact of school assignments or interactions with peers at school on their child's understanding of adoption and his feelings about himself, his birth family and/or culture, and adoption in general.|
|1.||Do you feel you should share your child's adoption history with the school? Why or why not?|
|2.||What critical incidents regarding adoption has your child dealt with at school? How did your child respond? How did you respond?|
|3.||How do you intend to prevent future critical incidents at school?|
|4.||What resources do you need to educate teachers and guidance counselors in your child's school?|
|5.||Are you interested in forming a support group for adopted children in your child's school? What would be the necessary steps to implement such a plan?|
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Publication information: Book title: Telling the Truth to Your Adopted or Foster Child:Making Sense of the Past. Contributors: Betsy Keefer - Author, Jayne E. Schooler - Author, Jack G. Kammer - Illustrator, Kristi Anne Kammer - Illustrator. Publisher: Bergin & Garvey. Place of publication: Westport, CT. Publication year: 2000. Page number: 221.
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