Mental Health Promotion in Schools

Volume: 2

Adopted Children in Schools: A Guide for Educators

Author(s): M. Elizabeth Vonk and Katherine N. King

Pp: 238-257 (20)

DOI: 10.2174/9781681083230116020013

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Similar to a previous discussion on student athletic participation, adoption is often postulated to be an overwhelmingly protective event. Even more so than in that example, the assumption is, in the following example, likely true. Children who have been adopted do well in many domains of life. Even so, adoption can convey risk to children depending on several factors that are discussed below such as the type of adoption process a child experiences, providing many opportunities for schools to be involved in mental health promotion. Moreover, school practices can convey risk to adopted children, depending on the approach and sensitivity used in presentation. This chapter also, therefore, provides specific examples of how common school exercises that may convey risk can, often with little resource investment, encourage adopted children and facilitate their participation as members of the school community.

Keywords: Adoption, Child welfare, Deprivation, Developmental cognizance, Domestic adoption, Foster care, International adoption, Open adoption.

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