Ensuring Holistic Inclusion for Adopted Students

Event Information

Date/Time
03/24/2021
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Member Schools Professional Development Opportunity

Facilitator: Emily Helder

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

This event is geared towards all school staff.  Principals, ESS teachers, general education teachers, and support staff from All Belong member schools are welcome to attend.

Format: this event will be available in-person and virtually  UPDATE: We have reached our in-person capacity.  Any new registrants will need to sign up to attend virtually.  

SCECHS: 2 available


Students who are adopted may face unique, and sometimes unrecognized, barriers to inclusion and belongingness within educational settings. In this workshop we will discuss the narratives present around adoption, especially in faith communities, and the ways that developing a more complex and nuanced understanding of adoption can aid educators in their goal to ensure adopted students thrive. Practical suggestions regarding adoption-friendly language and common assignments and projects that can raise difficulties for adopted students (i.e., genealogy projects) will be presented. Additionally, the workshop will cover the outcomes associated with childhood abuse and neglect, which some adopted students have experienced, and identify ways to facilitate resilience and recovery in the face of this childhood adversity.

Dr. Emily Helder is a licensed clinical neuropsychologist, adoption researcher, and professor at Calvin University. She is the co-editor of the Routledge Handbook of Adoption and the host of the Adoption Roundtable podcast, which brings together adoption researchers and practitioners to discuss the latest in adoption policy and practice in an accessible way.

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