The Adopted Child in Middle School

Have You Seen This?

Denalee Chapman March 18, 2015

Middle school can be hard. Middle school can be challenging — especially as youth fight to find their true selves amidst the lunchrooms and the lockers. It can be a time of growth, pain, heartache, and self discovery.

From the important DVD, “Adopted: We Can Do Better,” this excerpt addresses transracial adoption and the middle school aged child. How do adoptive parents become allies to their adopted children? Minimizing the children’s concerns about how they are treated by peers in middle school does not add to healing and whole health. To increase self-esteem, a parent must become a solid advocate for their transracial child.

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Denalee Chapman

Denalee is an adoptive mother, a motivational speaker, a writer, and a lover of life. She and her husband have adventured through the hills and valleys of life to find that the highest highs and the lowest lows are equally fulfilling. Book Denalee to speak to your group, or find Denalee's writings, including her books on her website at

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