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I hope this blog will be helpful to you in your adoption whether you are considering, waiting or home. I started this blog when we were adopting and found there was next to nothing on the web in any orderly manner. I set about to collect information for myself and then for others. Now, there are more sites for resources, but still not much that brings it all together. I hope this blog will serve as a sort of clearing house for Ethiopian Adoption Information. Please feel free to contribute your knowledge through commenting.
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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

More Life Books, Family storybook and adoption storybook

Adoption Book or Life Book, everywhere you look you find that you are being encouraged to give one  to your child.  What is it and how do you make one?

Baby book for infant adopted child: 
My Family, My Journey: A Baby Book for Adoptive Families 
Our Chosen Child: How You Came To Us And The Growing Up Years

Books to guide you:
Before You Were Mine  
More adoption life book lists:

on line resources:
Amazon link to Adoption life books. Some are work books/pre-made and others are books to guide you. 

Digital life book kit

Life books for children and youth in foster care (adapt for adoption)

On line Class on creating an adoption life book:
Adoption Story book on line resource for making your own.
A personalized adoption storybook should be something that parents make before introducing it to their child. The point is to present their child with a personal storybook as if it’s a regular book that they have in their book collection. Together, you can sit and read through the book, ideally as often as the child wants to.

Family Story Book
A second use of the family storybook is to tell the story of how the family came to be. Unlike a lifebook, the focus of the family storybook is the whole family, including adults. It talks about the family growth by talking about each time a family member joined. While everyone's book will vary, such a family storybook might begin with a picture of the family home and a short introduction.

"An Adoption Life Book is a record of a foster/adoptee’s life that uses words, photos, graphics, the child’s artwork, and memorabilia. An Adoption Life Book includes information about the child’s birth parents and reason for leaving them. It always starts at the child’s birth.  Plus the fun part of when the adopted child first joined the family.
An Adoption Life Book is more than a life story. It is a unique opportunity for parents to honor every minute of their children’s lives. It is the single most meaningful piece of "paperwork" that any social worker can complete. And foster parents? You can give an adoptee/foster child a sweet childhood memory.

Adoptive Families site has some articles on creating a lifebook. 

Adoption Connection article on creating a lifebook. 
Just one of the important questions this page answers:
Why is it beneficial to create a Lifebook for my child?
Looking at a Lifebook can help adopted children learn about their history.  Having a book to look at, read, and enjoy together can also be a catalyst for discussion between parent and child. Children can ask questions that are important to them and parents can address them with age-appropriate answers.  Some parents find that their child will want to read and look at their Lifebook every night before they go to sleep for six months and then suddenly decide to leave it on the bookshelf for a while before taking it down again for new discussion and insight.  The Lifebook can be kept in the child’s room to be looked at  alone if he or she wishes.

Of course you can also check out my digital life book template on my first lifebooks post

Hope this helps! Have fun.

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