Suppose you’re a foster parent and your children are school-age. And suppose school life isn’t so easy for your foster child(ren). Just how much information should you share with your kids’ teachers? What kind of information is their business? What information will help, and what is unnecessary?

Remembering that the children in your care each have their own history, and that their lives are theirs to share, and no one else’s, it is still important to realize that there are times when even sensitive information should be shared. For example, if your child has behavior issues, a meeting with the teacher may be effective. Without sharing specifics, the teacher can be told about general diagnoses, be alerted to early childhood trauma, and told the best ways to get the best results.

Regular communication between parents and teachers is not only helpful, but often required, if children are to thrive both at school and at home. As communication takes place, consistency is more likely. The consistency will help in developing and following through with routine which will add to the child’s feeling of stability.

Remember to keep the trust of your child and share only what is essential. As you do so, and your child begins to thrive under your care and in the classroom, progress will be exponential. The difference you hope to make in your child’s life may very well be successful. Good luck!