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Tell Your Adoption Story

Every adoption is its own unique story. How will you choose to record your child's history and spread the word about this great way to make a family? You can write a novel, an essay, a memoir, or sum it all up in a colorful lifebook full of pictures, maps, height charts, and other special family memories. But getting your thoughts together isn't always as easy as you would think, so we've created this special Tell Your Adoption Story page. Below you'll find articles from our archives on how to bring your experience to life and capture your journey. And we've also added a link to the AF online bookstore, where you'll find some of our favorite adoption stories, along with book reviews by our experts.

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We Are All Storytellers
by Janis Cooke Newman
How to write an adoption memoir that's rich in feeling, images, and detail.
Once Upon a Time
by Lee Tobin McClain, Ph.D.
Many parents are putting their adoption stories in writing. Whether you publish or not, here's how to create a moving memoir.
Writing Through the Wait
by Lee Tobin McClain, Ph.D.
On the long journey to adoption, a journal can record the milestones and detours, as well as your first rush of love for your child.
Journaling for Teens
by Lee Tobin McClain, Ph.D.
Writing a journal is a great way to build a stronger sense of self.
Meet a Family Online
by Lois Gilman
Internet diaries can take you inside the adoption experience, warts, joys, and all.
Lifebook Lessons
AF's panel of five lifebook experts answer the most frequently asked questions, offering advice on the topics every lifebook should address, how to deal with difficult information, and how to get started on this important project.
A Tale to Treasure
by Lisa Milbrand
Follow these pointers to create a personalized picture book thatís guaranteed to become your childís favorite bedtime read.
Capturing Your Child's Journey Through Life
by Nancy Thalia Reynolds
Lifebooks were developed by social workers in the 1970s to help children moving through the foster care system by creating a permanent record of a child's history. The value of such a record for adopted children is clear.
Babies and Birthmoms and Bellies, Oh My!
by Elizabeth Di Grazia
When our children began to ask questions, we found answers in personalized adoption storybooks.
A Link to the Past
by Myra Alperson
An adoption scrapbook lets parents and children create a sense of history and of belonging.
Your Baby's Memory Book
by Carrie Krueger
Create a simple story for your young child to learn and grow with.
Through a Child's Eyes
by Joni Mantell, LCSW
By six years old, a child is ready to explore her story at a deeper level. Creating her own lifebook will help your child express her feelings.
A Bridge to Your Child's Beginnings
by Cindy Probst
In an excerpt from her book, Probst talks about why lifebooks, long treasured by foster adopters, make sense for all adoptive families.
Telling Your Family's Story
AF Readers Review: Fill-in-the-blank Lifebooks
AF Readers Review: Customized Photo Storybook options

Like Family: Growing Up in Other People's Houses—A Memoir
by Paula McLain; reviewed by Katy Robinson
The Language of Blood: A Memoir
by Jane Jeong Trenka; reviewed by Deborah Johnson
In Their Own Voices: Transracial Adoptees Tell Their Stories
by Rita J. Simon and Rhonda M. Roorda
Secret Thoughts of an Adoptive Mother
by Jana Wolff; book excerpt
The Kid: An Adoption Story
by Dan Savage; reviewed by Gail Steinberg, Beth Hall, and Natasha Moullen
The Velveteen Father
by Jesse Green; reviewed by Gail Steinberg, Beth Hall, and Natasha Moullen
The Exact Same Moon: Fifty Acres and a Family
by Jeanne Marie Laskas; reviewed by Eliza Thomas
Meeting Sophie: A Memoir of Adoption
by Nancy McCabe; reviewed by Eliza Thomas
The Waiting Child
by Cindy Champnella; reviewed by Carrie Krueger
The Russian Word for Snow: An Adoption Story
by Janis Cooke Newman; reviewed by Lily Heyen-Withrow
A Birthparent's Book of Memories
by Brenda Romanchik; reviewed by Cindy Probst
Creating a Treasure for the Adopted Child
by Beth O'Malley; reviewed by Cindy Probst
Adorable Adoptees Memory Book: A Dream Come True
by Jessica Rose, Nicole Dankert and Sarah Dankert; reviewed by Cindy Probst
Adoption Lifebook: A Bridge To Your Child's Beginnings
by Cindy Probst; reviewed by Amy Klatzkin
This is me! Memories to Gather and Keep
by Gloria Finkbeiner; reviewed by Cindy Probst

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