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Working With Nontraditional Families — Understand Needs

So-called "nontraditional" families may be the norm in many communities across the country. In fact, you may have more students from nontraditional families than "traditional" ones. Examples of nontraditional families include these: 

  • The parents are divorced and married to new partners, so the child has two homes, four parents and some stepsiblings.
  • The child lives with grandparents, who may not be familiar with current education policies and practices, including technology use.
  • The child lives with foster parents, because the biological parents are absent, in jail or have substance abuse problems.
  • Families with single parents may be stretched by work commitments and have little time to get involved with education.

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