Back-to-School Adoption Resources


Back-to-school season is full of transitions for all families. Some of these transitions can be especially difficult for children from hard places. They may cause anxiety, more frequent meltdowns or difficult behavior. Since school is such an important and significant part of a child’s life, as an adoption agency, MLJ Adoptions works towards preparing parents for some the challenges that may arise during the back-to-school season. Your family may need support in different ways depending on your child and the schooling situation. We hope that these resources are a good starting point.


Back-To-School Tips for Adoptive Parents, Angela Simpson

Preparing Your Anxious Child For The Start of School, Karlene Edgemon

Spelling Words: Thinking Outside of the Pen and Paper, Angela Simpson

What Can Parents Do If Their Adopted Child is Being Bullied, Karlene Edgemon

10 Back-to-School Tips for Adopted Children, Angela Simpson

Helping Make More Schools Adoption Friendly, Joi Wasill

What Would You Do: School Asks for Adoption Decree at Registration, by Dawn Davenport, Creating a Family

Kids With Learning Disabilities: When School Is Not “Working” by Dawn Davenport, Creating a Family

When Your Child Hates School by Dawn Davenport, Creating a Family

Adoption in the Classroom

What You Should Know About Transitioning An Adopted Child to School, European Adoption Consultants


The Bully Book: A Workbook for Kids Coping with Bullies, by Brooke Randolph

The Connected Child: Bring Hope and Healing to Your Adoptive Family, by Karyn B. Purvis, David R. Cross and Wendy Lyons Sunshine

Radio Show

Helping Our Kids Cope with Bullies at School, Creating a Family

As a parent, you are the best judge for if your child’s behavior is due to the transition back to school or if there are additional problems that may need more than just patience and setting into a routine to resolve. If there are more specific resources that would be helpful for your family, don’t hesitate to reach out to your adoption agency; they should be able to provide you with them.

Caitlin Snyder works as the Director of Marketing and Outreach for MLJ Adoptions. Working in international adoption has given Caitlin the unique opportunity to pursue both a passion to advocate on behalf of vulnerable people and a profession at the same time.