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 lifebooks. We 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?