Hope Cottage is excited to spotlight the oldest, and now fastest growing, youth education program to date: ABC’s of Adoption. The program began in 1998 and in 2013 it has really soared, increasing student participants by 29% from the 2010 school year. Many middle school and high school teachers, particularly those within the Family and Consumer Science department, teach curriculum required in TEKS Chapter 130 that supports the diversity of modern family structures. The family created through adoption is often briefly touched upon because of lack of knowledge on the topic. This is where Hope Cottage’s ABC’s of Adoption presentation enhances classroom curriculum.
The ABC’s of Adoption is an interactive presentation that includes basic information about the history of adoption, current adoption processes and laws in Texas, who’s who in adoption, and positive adoption language. The program exists to not only help teachers cover family curriculum, but it allows misconceptions about adoption to be directly addressed. Hope Cottage does not use the presentation to promote adoption services.
In the past 3 years, more than 100 DFW area school teachers have partnered with Hope Cottage to provide this learning experience for 2,359 students. The ABC’s of Adoption is a free presentation and may be modified to fit classroom schedules and student populations. Presentations can be scheduled by emailing Christina Easton or calling 214-526-8721 ext. 203.
Recent feedback from teachers about ABC’s of Adoption:
“Super presentation. Speaker was sensitive to the fact that each student is a teen parent. Very informative and presented in a positive manner.” Karen Dobson, Rowlett High School
“The presentation is very helpful in teaching students the correct terminology relating to the adoption process.” -Leigh Ann Tamplen, Summit High School
“The ABC’s of Adoption is an important tool in education students in understanding the positive value of adoption, human life, the emotions involved in this type of crisis decision-making, and the adoption process.” -Dianne Weaver, Hebron High School
“The students learned factual and valuable information about adoption.” -Karen Stanton, Naaman Forest High School
Hope Cottage is the oldest nonprofit, non sectarian adoption agency in Dallas. Since 1918 Hope Cottage has been building and nurturing strong families through counseling, education and adoption services.
If you are a woman facing an unplanned pregnancy and would like to talk to someone about adoption, please call Hope Cottage at 1.800.944.4464 or 214.404.4546.