Overcoming Challenges of Teaching Foster and Adopted Children

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The purpose of this research is to seek suggestions from foster parents’ as to how teachers could help foster children and adopted children and their parents. Questionnaires including twelve questions were distributed to one hundred fifty foster parents through South Carolina through the Foster Parents Association and South Carolina Social Services. Only twenty were returned. The research uncovered motives behind why people become foster parents, the number of children they accept, and how long the children remain in their care. The study results describe foster parents’ views on major problems children are facing in school and provide recommendations on how to improve the situation of children in foster care.


Keywords: Teaching Foster, Adopted Children
Stream: Curriculum and Pedagogy; Student Learning, Learner Experiences, Learner Diversity
Presentation Type: 30 minute Paper Presentation in English
Paper: , Overcoming Challenges of Teaching Foster Children- Suggestions of Foster Parents from Ohio and South Carolina, , , Overcoming Challenges of Teaching Foster Children- Suggestions of Foster Parents from Ohio and South Carolina


Dr. Krystyna Teresa Nowak-Fabrykowski

Associate Professor, -, Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant, Michigan, USA

Krystyna Nowak-Fabrykowski is an associate professor at the Spadoni College of Education. She earned a master's degree from the University of Lodz in Poland, a Ph.D. from the University of Warsaw and a diploma for teaching French at Sorbonne University in Paris. She completed post-doctoral training at Laval University in Quebec. She has published more than 20 articles in journals in England, Canada, the United States and Poland, and has presented her research in Greece, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland and Canada. Her major research interests are the symbolic representation of children, the teaching of orphan and foster children, and the development and assessment of caring dispositions in pre-service teachers.

Dr. Pat Piver

Assistant Professor, Director of MAT program, Coastal Carolina University
Conway, South Carolina, USA

Dr. Pat Piver is an assistant professor and director of MAT program. She publishes in the area of foster children and adoption and family issues. She adopted nine children.

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