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Webinar: What Adopted Children (and their parents) Need To Know? Ages 6-9 years old
What Adopted Children (and their parents) Need To Know?
Ages 6-9 years old
Children at this age see themselves in terms of what they can do, and begin to compare themselves to their peers. They do not like to be different, unless that difference is along the lines of “I can read better than anyone in my class” or “I can run faster than most of my friends.” At this age, teasing among peers often becomes a factor. Having differences in family structure and/or racial identification pointed out can make elementary school kids very uncomfortable. Even when it is clear that their teacher is being supportive in talking about adoption, race or family structure, they may not want to participate. School assignments that set children up as different from the other children in their class may provoke emotional conflicts. Children at this age use their developing conceptual skills to figure out how and why adoption happened to them. Around ages six or seven, they may become absorbed in the struggle to understand, and might appear unfocused or distracted at school. If they are struggling with painful feelings of loss or rejection, they may act those feelings out in their behaviors. Often by the age of nine or ten, they have come to terms with their new, and own understanding of what it means to be adopted.
Instructor: Beth Hall
Experience: Beth Hall is an adoption educator who, co-founded Pact, An Adoption Alliance, which is a multicultural adoption organization dedicated to addressing essential issues affecting adopted children of color. Pact offers lifelong support and placement services for birth and adoptive families with adopted kids of color. A national speaker, she is also the author of numerous articles and a book, Inside Transracial Adoption, which is filled with personal stories, practical suggestions, and theory, and delivers the message that race matters, racism is alive, and families built transracially can develop strong and binding ties.
$35 per person non-member
Special pricing Pact member receive 65% discount.
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