My book, published in 2009 by Jessica Kingsley Publishers and updated in 2017, has been described as 'clear and concise'. It promotes a new family-friendly way to compile life story books and one that promotes a sense of permanency for the child and encourages attachments within the permanent family.
Instead of starting with the child's birth and early history, my model begins in the present and playfully engages the child before moving gently into the past.
My life story book model aims to reinforce the child's sense of belonging and security within their permanent family before addressing their history and early trauma. The book brings the child back to a secure present and leaves them with a sense of a positive future.
This approach stresses the child's need to be claimed and to belong, it raises the profile of adoptive parents and permanent carers and emphasises the importance of their involvement in contributing to the book.