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Children of intercountry adoptions in school : a primer for parents and professionals
Meese, Ruth Lyn.
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Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Bergin & Garvey, [2002]

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xiii, 193 pages ; 24 cm
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LC3731 .M43 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Children of intercountry adoption have complex histories that place them at high risk for difficulty or failure in school. Teachers and other school professionals rarely know how to test them, teach them, or meet their needs. This volume explains those needs and offers guidelines and suggestions for maximizing the educational performance of these children and helping them to meet their potential.

The volume includes research on children adopted from several countries, including Russia and former Soviet states, Romania, and China. Content includes information from adoption literature on English as a Second Language classes, as well as special education law and research. The volume also presents the stories of real children adopted from Romania, Russia, and China, along with their parents and their interactions with schools in the United States.

Author Notes

Ruth Lyn Meese is Professor of Special Education at Longwood University in Virginia.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Part I Understanding Children of Intercountry Adoptionp. 1
Chapter 1 Introduction: Who Are These Children?p. 3
Chapter 2 Risks for School Performance Associated with Intercountry Adoptionp. 23
Chapter 3 Adoption and Institutionalization Issues in the School Yearsp. 55
Part II Helping the Child at Schoolp. 77
Chapter 4 Classroom Strategies for Parents and Teachersp. 79
Chapter 5 Language, Learning, and Limited English Proficiencyp. 103
Chapter 6 Accessing Special Education and Section 504 Servicesp. 127
Chapter 7 Postscript: Laura, Jennifer, and Oliviap. 147
Appendix A Organizations and Resourcesp. 151
Appendix B Literature for Children and Young Adultsp. 173
Referencesp. 177
Indexp. 189
About the Authorp. 195