We are not actually adopting, I just didn't know a nice short way to get my point across in my subject line. :)
My husband and I live in Hawaii with our 2 y/o daughter and my 14 y/o stepdaughter lives in TX with her mother. Today her mother called and asked my husband if we would take custody of her. She is failing in school and her mother has tried everything and nothing is helping. She's at her wit's end and as a full-time-working single mom, she does not have the time needed to help DSD. She has no behavioral problems and has been evaluated and she is in every way a wonderful, caring, bright and amazing young lady who we adore and would be blessed beyond measure to have. She is just having trouble completing all of her work in school despite every measure, drastic or otherwise, that has been tried. Honestly, I think it's just too much for her as it seems to be for many children.
We have never had a teenager and while we relate to her extremely well (she visits in summer), I'm not sure how to go about helping her through a huge change like this. The biggest change of all is that I would be homeschooling her myself. Does anyone know of any good books or other resources for families who are very suddenly caring for a teenager? Any good books out there on converting a public-schooled teen to homeschooling, specifically unschooling? We are already an unschooling family with my daughter. I know the homeschooling requirements for our state.
This may all blow over and DSD may suddenly find a renewed love for school but I'd like to read up on things just in case so I have a head start before the end of the semester.