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September 2023Vol. 24, No. 7Back-to-School Resources for Adoptive, Foster, and Kinship Families

Creating a Family, a national adoption and foster care education and support nonprofit, has a new webpage that provides back-to-school resources in a variety of formats for foster, adoptive, and kinship families. For many children and families, especially those who have experienced trauma or are involved with the child welfare system, the beginning of the school year can be an emotional and challenging time.

To help ease this transition, Creating a Family curated helpful resources for parents, caregivers, and the children in their care. Information is evidence-based and trauma-informed and includes topics such as cultivating resilience, managing intrusive questions, advocating for your child at school, navigating special education and the Individualized Educational Program (IEP) and 504 process, helping your adopted child handle microaggressions, and more.

Visitors to the website can explore a variety of school-related yet topically broad episodes from the Creating a Family podcast and a selection of related articles. A free, online back-to-school “packaged” course tailored to adoptive and foster parents is also available and includes the following expert-led courses:

  • “Back to School With Foster & Adopted Kids”
  • “Building Resilience: Helping Our Kids Overcome a Traumatic Background”
  • “Handling Screens and Technology as a Family”
  • “Parenting Adopted Teens and Young Adults”

To learn more, visit the Creating a Family website.