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Life Books For The Adopted Child When You Have Little Information

Jan 15, 2008
Designing a life book for your adoptive child or foster child may seem overwhelming, especially when you don't have a lot of information about your child's life before he or she became a part of your family. One of the biggest stumbling blocks is getting past the feeling over being overwhelmed.

Adoptive families vary in the extent of information they may have about birthmother of their child. While some families actually have the birth mother over to baby sit the child occasionally, others meet at a park for a few hours each year. Other families have no relationship with the birth family, perhaps even nothing more than a name on paper if that.

Oftentimes a family may have more than one adopted child the birth moms of the different children have different relationships with the family-if any. So the involved birth mom may even send notes or small gifts to the sibling of the child, so everyone feels included and loved.

When you have an open relationship with your child's birth mom you may be able to get any information you wish for your child's adoption scrapbook album. The birth mom may even be enthusiastic to lend a hand to help write down information or answer questions to help your child have a remarkable book.

If you are an adoptive parent who doesn't have much information about your child's birth or birth family, don't worry. You can still make a book that shares whatever you know and helps complete your child's history.

For example, one of the most essential pages of the life book is about the biological mother, but you may not even have a photograph of her. Be sure to include a quotation or poem about how birth moms may feel when making the adoption choice for their child. Then write something for the book like, "Did you know that birth moms and dads give their special DNA to their children. I'll be your beautiful smile and dark eye lashes came from your mom!"

It seems hard to imagine for many people, but adopted parents may not even know the actual birthdate of their child or where he or she was born. Rather than making a big deal out of this in the life book, write something like, "We think you were probably born sometime during the winter of 2005. The director of the orphanage said that you weighed the same as the other children born around that time."

Don't forget that it's not the amount of information that will make your album complete, but the love and effort that you put into the adoption book that your child will notice most. As your child grows older and asks more questions about his place of origin, you can do research together to help answer his questions. But don't put off creating an adoption life book because you don't have all the information you wish you had. Children love reading about themselves and they even enjoy making up their own stories to fill in some of the blanks.
About the Author
The Adoption Scrapbook Album is a fast, simple way to create a personalized lifebook. Use transparency overlays and friends will admire--even though you aren't crafty. Free poems and quotes from Lisa Copen at Scrapbook My Adoption
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