So what really make a good Adoption Lifebook, and why does Tapestry Books only carry a few? We carry the ones that over the years have proven to be popular, to best facilitate a conversation between Professional or Parent, and an Adopted Child. Our staff carefully screens new Adoption Lifebooks coming out, as well as reviewing ones we have carried in the past to offer the "Best" of what is available.
'An Adoption Life Book is a chronological and evolving record of the child’s life. While an Adoption Lifebook contains pictures and facts, it also helps children work through losses and difficulties in their lives, celebrate their strengths, and continue to develop a positive sense of self as they grow. For a child, Lifebook work is a path to their memories and to a reinterpretation of their memories. It is also a path to understanding and integrating their memories."
You can read more about Adoption LifeBooks on the Tapestry Books web site, where we have posted an article, and videos. Of all the choices available our first choice for an Adoption LifeBook comes from Beth O'Malley, especially her Teen LifeBook: For When I'm Famous: A Teen Foster/Adoption Lifebook
"A wonderful workbook that allows teens to express their goals and dreams while learning more about their own life. There are lots of pages that challenge the teen's viewpoint on their past, present and future. FOR WHEN I'M FAMOUS is a great filling in the blanks workbook for both foster and adopted children."
In addition there are newer Adoption LifeBook type workbooks available. We just reviewed one that we liked, and will be telling readers about in the next few weeks. Stay tuned...