May 14, 2010, Newsletter Issue #190: Post-Adoption Information To Include In A Lifebook

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An adoption lifebook should grow with your child throughout his life.  Not only should his lifebook include information about his birth, birth family, and the circumstances surrounding his adoption; it should also tell the story of his life with you, his adoptive family.  Some ideas for post-adoption pages are:

Information about your own family (family tree, schools attended, occupations, birthdates, marriage information, and other special occasions, ect.)
How you and your spouse met
Why you decided to adopt
Photos and facts about his adoption day
Adoption shower/ party details
Facts about his infant and toddler years
His school years, grade cards, special school papers, artwork, ect.
Have him journal in his lifebook about everyday life, special occasions, feelings about being adopted, and so forth.

As you can see, a lifebook can play a significant role in your child’s life.  Spend time with him as he grows older working on lifebook pages together, and looking through and reading his lifebook; as well as discussing any questions that may arise out of those moments.  By creating a lifebook for, and with, your adopted child, you are passing on a heritage to him that he will treasure for years to come.

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