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Creating Attachment With Adopted Kids through Lifebooks

Highlights from October 14, 2009 Creating a Family radio show

Our guest was Carrie Kitze, editor of EMK Press and author and editor of numerous books and articles on the subject of lifebooksWe talked about:

  • What are adoption lifebooks?
  • Why it’s not enough to wait for our kids to ask questions about adoption.
  • Why do we need to be proactive?
  • When should you start the conversation about adoption?
  • When is the best time to prepare an adoption lifebook?
  • Should lifebooks be written at the toddler level or elementary school level or older?
  • What is the best form for an adoption lifebook?
  • What resources are available to help you write a lifebook?
  • What information absolutely must be included?
  • The difference between a lifebook and scrapbook.
  • Where should lifebooks be kept?
  • The difference between secret and private?
  • How to share difficult information with an adopted child, such as birth parent imprisonment, substance abuse, child abuse or neglect, or rape?
  • How to prepare a lifebook when you have very little information about your child’s life pre adoption?
  • Should we share with our child if there are rumors of baby trafficking in the country from where they were adopted?
  • How to create a lifebook in an open adoption?

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