Through words, pictures, photographs, certificates and other 'little treasures', a Life Story Book provides a detailed account of the child's early history and a chronology of their life.
This clear and concise book shows a new family-friendly way to compile a Life Story Book that promotes a sense of permanency for the child, and encourages attachments within the adoptive family. Joy Rees' improved model works chronologically backwards rather than forwards, aiming to reinforce the child's sense of belonging and security within the adoptive family before addressing the child's past and early trauma. The book contains simple explanations of complex concepts, practical examples and helpful suggestions.
Perfect for busy social workers in local authority children and adoption teams, approved adoption agencies and adoptive parents, Life Story Books for Adopted Children is a refreshing, innovative and common-sense guide.
Joy Rees is an adoption support worker in a local authority adoption and permanence team in the London borough of Merton, and a Family Futures Associate. She has 30 years' experience as a social worker specialising in children and family work.
Foreword. Introduction. Chapter 1. A New Approach. Chapter 2. A Life Story Book is Not... Chapter 3. A Different Perspective. Chapter 4. The Inner Child and Subliminal Messages. Chapter 5. Involving Adoptive Parents. Chapter 6. Compiling the Book. Chapter 7. Sample Life Story Book: Danny's Life Adventure Chapter 8. Final Thoughts. References. Further Reading. Index.