Geneaology

Adoption, Genetics and Schools

Teaching Genetics in an Adoptive World was the topic of Lisa Belkin's recent New York Times Motherlode blog. "A staple of elementary-school science classes across the country," it is an assignment dreaded by adoptive parents who do not want their child to feel left out or different. Many of the comments from readers expressed the feeling that parents should step in and provide education to the schools both about the problem and possible solutions. A New York City reader posted that Spence-Chapin had been invited to her child's school and given all the teachers training.