AMP S2E2: Melissa Fink - How to Navigate the Education System with Your Adopted Child

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Today we get to cover a topic that gets ALL of my praise hands. Walking into adoption, I had no experience with kids' schooling at all, let alone how to advocate for my child who is far behind his peers and dealing with plenty of other hard stuff outside of school. I am so excited to hear from a true expert who knows the system inside and out and best of all, is a foster parent and understands our world as well.

In her interview, Melissa gives us tips on resources we should absolutely take advantage of, how to address issues with teachers and administrators, and how we can help our kids at home. You won't want to miss this awesome and informative chat!

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  • Melissa encourages us to check out the Arkansas Support Network in her interview. You can do that here!

  • Project Zero puts the real live faces of children who are available for adoption in front of the families looking to provide forever homes for them. They travel around the state promoting their dream of having Zero waiting children in Arkansas. You can check out their website here and their Facebook here.

  • Grace Haven Ministries offers support and services for adoptive families in the trenches. I can say this from personal experience. We were at the end of our rope with this business and Grace Haven's director of counseling services was at our house within an hour... FO FREE. She talked us off the ledge and provided us with some great resources for moving forward. Seriously, reach out to them with your concerns and struggles TODAY. Visit their website here and their Facebook page here.

  • The CALL trains, equips, and supports foster and adoptive families. You heard from the director in NWA, Ann in the first episode of this podcast. They are great and you should check them out. They have no-commitment info-meeting regularly if you just want to gather more information about adopting from the foster care system, and they provide the complete training you need to become an open home. Check out their website here and their Facebook page here.

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