Adoptive Families and Schools

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Adoptive Families and Schools

Dr. Abbie Goldberg will provide an overview of what we know about adopted children’s educational experiences and mental health.

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Dr. Abbie Goldberg will provide an overview of what we know about adopted children’s educational experiences and mental health, with attention to the variability that exists among adopted children. She will discuss too how adoption “shows up” at school in children across the life cycle, from preschool to elementary/middle school to high school. Dr. Goldberg will discuss the unique challenges that parents face in determining whether and how much to share about their children’s adoption with schools, with attention to how parents can prepare their children to advocate for themselves, and also when intervening may be especially important. This talk will address institutional and interpersonal forms of marginalization within schools, including how these may be amplified for LGBTQ-parent families, and how such marginalization affects parents and children. Dr. Goldberg will also address best practices for schools and what teachers and other support professionals can do to enhance inclusion for all families in the school setting. Resources will also be shared, and there will be time for discussion and questions.

Presenter Bio: Abbie E. Goldberg is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, where she also currently serves as the Director of Women’s & Gender Studies. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her research examines diverse families, including LGBTQ-parent families and adoptive-parent families. She is the author of over 140 peer-reviewed articles and four books, including Open Adoption & Diverse Families (Oxford; 2020) and LGBTQ Family Building: A Guide for Prospective Parents (APA, 2022). She is the co-editor of four books, including LGBTQ-Parent Families: Innovations in Research and Implications for Practice (Springer; 2013, 2020) and LGBTQ Divorce and Relationship Dissolution (Oxford, 2019). She has received research funding from many sources, including the American Psychological Association, the National Institutes of Health, and the Spencer Foundation. She has spoken internationally to a variety of audiences, including attorneys, educators, medical professionals, and social workers, about how to create more inclusive communities, health care settings, and schools for diverse families.

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