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Hamilton (2020) – Discussion Guide

Discussion Guide:

  1. Hamilton gets upset when he first tries to enroll in college in the US saying, “He looked at me like I was stupid. I am NOT stupid.” Have you ever had someone look at you or treat you like you were less because of who you are or your background? How did it make you feel?
    Caregiver Note: Often when children have a background of being in the foster care system they might feel like their peers and others judge them based on their past. It’s likely they will empathize with Hamilton here and feel that he had a right to be angry. Just as Hamilton valued his intelligence above most other qualities, hearing your children’s response to this question might give you some insight to the things they value about themselves and…

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About the Author: Jenn Ehlers

Jenn is a central Virginia native who received her BA in Psychology from the University of Virginia in 2012. Since then she has worked for a local mental health agency and the Department of Social Services in various capacities and has been involved in her community’s efforts to create a Trauma Informed Network. Currently Jenn works in vocational rehab and mentors youth in foster care. When she isn’t working, Jenn enjoys writing stories, anything and everything Harry Potter, and spending time with her niece and nephew.


**Transfiguring Adoption is a nonprofit organization seeking to nurture growth in foster and adoptive families by giving a HOOT about their families. Transfiguring Adoption does not intend for its reviewers nor its review to be professional, medical or legal advice. These reviews and discussion guides are intended to help parents to better be able to connect and understand their children who come from traumatic backgrounds.

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Jenn is a central Virginia native who received her BA in Psychology from the University of Virginia in 2012. Since then she has worked for a local mental health agency and the Department of Social Services in various capacities and has been involved in her community’s efforts to create a Trauma Informed Network. Currently Jenn works in vocational rehab and mentors youth in foster care. When she isn’t working, Jenn enjoys writing stories, anything and everything Harry Potter, and spending time with her niece and nephew.

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