Life Story Work with Children Who are Fostered or Adopted

Creative Ideas and Activities

Author: Katie Wrench,Lesley Naylor

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 0857006746

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 112

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Life story work is one of the key therapeutic approaches to working with adopted or fostered children. While it sounds simple, there is much more to this work than producing photo albums or memory boxes for children. This accessible book is full of tried and tested activities and creative ideas for professionals, parents and carers who may have little time and few resources, but who need to carry out life story work that works for children. The authors describe the optimum conditions in which to carry out life story work and feature activities to accompany each of the necessary stages: creating a sense of safety, emotional literacy, building resilience, exploring identity, sharing information and looking to the future. This book will be a vital tool for social workers, foster carers, adopters, students and any frontline practitioners involved in working with traumatised children.

Life Story Work with Children who are Fostered Or Adopted

Creative Ideas and Activities

Author: Katie Wrench,Lesley Naylor

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 184905343X

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 112

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The number of traumatized children in foster care and adoptive families is on the rise every year. In times like these, social work practitioners rarely have sufficient time to plan out each of their sessions. This book makes it possible. Life Story Work with Children who are Fostered or Adopted: Creative Activites and Ideas is a brief and accessible resource guide to life story work. Focused on methods and activities that have been tried and tested by social workers and therapists, these are simple activities that require minimal resources that range from how to build the foundation to Life Story Work to boosting a child's self-esteem and identity. The chapters are categorized in a way that makes it easy for the practitioner to identify which method will be appropriate for the stage of the work they are undertaking. This book will be a vital resource for social workers, foster caregivers, students and any frontline practitioner involved in working with traumatized children.

Life Work with Children Who are Fostered or Adopted

Using Diverse Techniques in a Coordinated Approach

Author: Joy Rees

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 1784505048

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 120

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This new book from life work expert Joy Rees explains the value of effective and meaningful life work with children who are fostered and adopted, and how best to carry this out. This book will help social work professionals, foster carers and adopters to understand the many aspects of life work and to consider the important contributions they can all make to this task. Life work is about helping children to know and to understand their personal stories and the life experiences that have shaped them. Enabling children to reach their potential and achieve the best possible outcome is the common goal, and this is best achieved by using the collaborative approach to life work advocated in this book

Life Story Therapy with Traumatized Children

A Model for Practice

Author: Richard Rose

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 1849052727

Category: Psychology

Page: 187

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A comprehensive overview for professionals working with traumatized children, which outlines the theory and practice of life story therapy, a method which helps children and cares to question and resolve issues and events within a child's life.

Life Story Books for Adopted Children

A Family Friendly Approach

Author: Joy Rees

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 1843109530

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 93

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This concise book shows a new family-friendly way to compile a Life Story Book that promotes a sense of permanency for the child, and encourages attachments within the adoptive family. Joy Rees' improved model works chronologically backwards rather than forwards, aiming to reinforce the child's sense of security within the adoptive family.

Nurturing Attachments

Supporting Children who are Fostered Or Adopted

Author: Kim S. Golding

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 1843106140

Category: Social Science

Page: 239

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Nurturing Attachments combines the experience and wisdom of parents and carers with that of professionals to provide support and practical guidance for foster and adoptive parents looking after children with insecure attachment relationships. It gives an overview of attachment theory and a step-by-step model of parenting which provides the reader with a tried-and-tested framework for developing resilience and emotional growth. Featuring throughout are the stories of Catherine, Zoe, Marcus and Luke, four fictional children in foster care or adoptive homes, who are used to illustrate the ideas and strategies described. The book offers sound advice and provides exercises for parents and their children, as well as useful tools that supervising social workers can use both in individual support of carers as well as in training exercises. This is an essential guide for adoptive and foster parents, professionals including health and social care practitioners, clinical psychologists, child care professionals, and lecturers and students in this field.

Groundbreaking Interventions: Working With Traumatized Children, Teens and Families In Foster Care and Adoption

Author: Jeanette Yoffe, MA MFT

Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc

ISBN: 1483409597

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: N.A

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A book of 18 interventions designed to teach new and imaginative ways for working with traumatized children in foster care and adoption and their families. Groundbreaking Interventions provides a wide variety of play-based methodologies that have been successful in working with children over the age of five in foster care and adoption.

My Life and Me

Author: Jean Camis

Publisher: British Association for Adoption and Fostering (Ba

ISBN: 9781903699003

Category: Adopted children

Page: 120

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Children separated from their birth families are often denied the opportunity to know about their past that other children may take for granted. Life story work offers a structured way for children to build a sense of self worth and develop a valuable record about themselves which they can carry with them through life. For use by children of any background or lifestyle, colour coded sections include space for drawings, photos, documents and a record of thoughts and feelings, as well as advice for parents and caretakers. The first fully comprehensive life story workbook!

Healing for Adults Who Grew Up in Adoption or Foster Care

Positive Strategies for Overcoming Emotional Challenges

Author: Renee Wolfs

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 0857009885

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 160

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Positive and practical, this guide is designed to offer a route to recovery from grief and loss after adoption or long-term foster care. Children growing up in adoptive families or foster care often have complicated feelings about the loss of their birth parents - feelings which become all the more complex as they gain independence and become young adults, and which can endure throughout their lives. Common life events such as entering new relationships, building a family or losing a loved one can give rise to difficult questions about their own childhood and identity. In this book, Renée Wolfs provides an accessible explanation of the feelings of loss and grief commonly experienced by adults who grew up in adoptive families or foster care, and how debilitating they can be. She provides grounded advice and strategies to aid recovery and provides the reader with a useful tool: The Circle of Connecting. The Circle provides strategies for healing from loss, spanning all seven elements of your life: your body, mind, heart, environment, past, present and future. This book is essential reading for older teens and adults who need help in addressing feelings of grief and loss, as well as those who support them including adoptive and foster parents, social workers, counsellors and therapists.

Lifebooks

Creating a Treasure for the Adopted Child

Author: Beth O'Malley

Publisher: Adoption-Works

ISBN: 9780970183279

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 96

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Life Story Work

A Practical Guide to Helping Children Understand Their Past

Author: Tony Ryan,Rodger Walker

Publisher: British Association for Adoption & Fostering(BAAF)

ISBN: 9781905664023

Category: Adopted children

Page: 100

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This authoritative guide will help anyone who wants to use life story work as a way of helping children. This comprehensively revised and attractively illustrated edition has been updated in light of all recent legislation. It incorporates substantial new material from other contributors and presents an assortment of useful techniques and exercises for adults working with children in different settings. The authors also explain how new interactive media can be particularly helpful for many children, and describes successful interactive resources.

Kids Need to Be Safe

A Book for Children in Foster Care

Author: Julie Nelson

Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing

ISBN: 1575427419

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

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“Kids are important… They need safe places to live, and safe places to play.” For some kids, this means living with foster parents. In simple words and full-color illustrations, this book explains why some kids move to foster homes, what foster parents do, and ways kids might feel during foster care. Children often believe that they are in foster care because they are “bad.” This book makes it clear that the troubles in their lives are not their fault; the message throughout is one of hope and support. Includes resources and information for parents, foster parents, social workers, counselors, and teachers.

To the End of June

The Intimate Life of American Foster Care

Author: Cris Beam

Publisher: HMH

ISBN: 0547999534

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 337

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A New York Times Notable Book that “casts a searing eye on the labyrinth that is the American foster care system” (NPR’s On Point). Who are the children of foster care? What, as a country, do we owe them? Cris Beam, a foster mother herself, spent five years immersed in the world of foster care looking into these questions and tracing firsthand stories. The result is To the End of June, an unforgettable portrait that takes us deep inside the lives of foster children in their search for a stable, loving family. Beam shows us the intricacies of growing up in the system—the back-and-forth with agencies, the rootless shuffling between homes, the emotionally charged tug between foster and birth parents, the terrifying push out of foster care and into adulthood. Humanizing and challenging a broken system, To the End of June offers a tribute to resiliency and hope for real change. “A triumph of narrative reporting and storytelling.” —The New York Times “[A] powerful . . . and refreshing read.” —Chicago Tribune “A sharp critique of foster-care policies and a searching exploration of the meaning of family.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review “Heart-rending and tentatively hopeful.” —Salon

Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew

Author: Sherrie Eldridge

Publisher: Delta

ISBN: 0307570819

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 240

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"Birthdays may be difficult for me." "I want you to take the initiative in opening conversations about my birth family." "When I act out my fears in obnoxious ways, please hang in there with me." "I am afraid you will abandon me." The voices of adopted children are poignant, questioning. And they tell a familiar story of loss, fear, and hope. This extraordinary book, written by a woman who was adopted herself, gives voice to children's unspoken concerns, and shows adoptive parents how to free their kids from feelings of fear, abandonment, and shame. With warmth and candor, Sherrie Eldridge reveals the twenty complex emotional issues you must understand to nurture the child you love--that he must grieve his loss now if he is to receive love fully in the future--that she needs honest information about her birth family no matter how painful the details may be--and that although he may choose to search for his birth family, he will always rely on you to be his parents. Filled with powerful insights from children, parents, and experts in the field, plus practical strategies and case histories that will ring true for every adoptive family, Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew is an invaluable guide to the complex emotions that take up residence within the heart of the adopted child--and within the adoptive home. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Zachary's New Home

A Story for Foster and Adopted Children

Author: Geraldine Molettiere Blomquist,Paul B. Blomquist,Margo Lemieux

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780945354277

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

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This story for adopted and foster children describes the adventures of Zachary the kitten, who is taken from his mother's house when his mot her is unable to take care of him. The book follows Zachary as he firs t goes into foster care and then is adopted by a family of geese. Zach ary experiences the expected and true-to-life feelings of shame, anger , rebelliousness, and hurt, and his adoptive parents struggle with the ir own feelings during Zachary's tougher times, until Zachary finally finds a place he can call home. The poignant story is brought to life by Margo Lemieux's detailed, evocative drawings.

Why Can't My Child Behave?

Empathic Parenting Strategies that Work for Adoptive and Foster Families

Author: Amber Elliott

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 0857006711

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 248

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'Parenting a child who doesn't know how to be parented is the most difficult job in the world.' Why Can't My Child Behave? provides friendly expert advice on how to respond to difficult behaviours and emotions for parents of children with developmental trauma. Each chapter focusses on the common difficulties faced by carers or parents and features quick, applicable ideas with exercises and illustrations. How do you react to a child's difficult behaviour? How do you deal with your own negative emotions? How do you know when to be empathic? The book looks beyond the traditional punishment/reward strategies and aims to provide an explanation for such questions whilst helping the child in the process. This book will prove to be an invaluable resource for parents, foster carers, social workers and professionals working with children who are adopted or fostered.

Maybe Days

A Book for Children in Foster Care

Author: Jennifer Wilgocki,Marcia Kahn Wright

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781557988034

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 27

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Introduces the people and procedures involved in foster care, and the feelings, reactions, and concerns of new foster children. Includes an afterword for caregivers.

All about Adoption

How Families are Made & how Kids Feel about it

Author: Marc A. Nemiroff,Jane Annunziata,Carol Koeller

Publisher: Amer Psychological Assn

ISBN: 9781591470595

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 48

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Explores the adoption process and the feelings children have about being adopted.

Adopting the Hurt Child

Hope for Families with Special-Needs Kids - A Guide for Parents and Professionals

Author: Gregory Keck,Regina Kupecky

Publisher: Tyndale House

ISBN: 161521447X

Category: Religion

Page: 264

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Without avoiding the grim statistics, this book reveals the real hope that hurting children can be healed through adoptive and foster parents, social workers, and others who care. Includes information on foreign adoptions.