I am a PRO open adoption and as much birth family contact as is possible, there are many ways to make it possible. However, for some, in-person cultural experiences as well as tangible contact with birth family is limited, either because of safety issues or distance.
Many foster and adopted adults speak with pain about the missing pieces of their history. Many have chunks of their lives they cannot remember, they are missing – simply gone. As a foster or an adoptive parent, you can help fill in some of these gaps. Lifebooks are a great way to honor your foster child’s (or adopted child’s) life – ALL of it.
A social story is a powerful tool to be used to help foster children understand typical reactions to UNUSUAL situations – like moving from one home and one set of parents to another. Changing homes multiple times in early childhood is not typical in the general population, but for those involved in foster care, it is far too common.