As always, my son's school is starting off the year with a unit on My Family. One of the things that they regularly request for this assignment is a "baby picture", with the general assumption that all families have at least one photo of their child as a baby.
Those of you who adopted through foster care or internationally can already guess where I am going with this... Because we all know that NOT every family has a photo of their child as a baby. Some families would give anything to have that baby picture, and some children really struggle with this missing piece of their history. It's unintentional, sure, but it also feels a little presumptive.
We actually do have about 10 baby photos of N now, so this year (unlike last year) I was able to send something in. He and I had a nice time this morning looking at the handful of photos and talking a little bit about his time with his first family, which he doesn't really remember. At this point, I don't mind so much for me, but I know that we are likely not the only family to be in the position where finding baby pictures is a struggle...
Does your school do the baby picture assignment? How do you handle it? Has anyone come up with a more inclusive alternative?