Power of Story is limited in its services to individuals, but we do offer workshops and the resources below to help adoptees, foster youth, and their families gather, compile and process their story and bring meaning to their history.
When information is missing or is just not enough, check out these free DNA tests for adoptees, foster youth search services and DNA based search organizations.
Advice, cautionary tales, real encouragement and things to consider for care experienced young people, from a 2022 survey for current and former foster youth.
The ultimate resource for FREE downloadable, lifebook templates, recommended versions to purchase and guides for parents and workers on creating lifestory books.
Each birth, foster or adoptive family has challenging items in their child’s history. Use this resource to make a thoughtful plan for impactful conversations.
Experience this interactive, transformational, hands-on Lifebook workshop for foster and adoptive parents to help children understand their history and stories.
The best options for first parents to share their story with the child, by writing a letter, completing a Medical History, guided journal, video or memory book.
Have you read “Telling the Truth to Your Adopted or Foster Child”? Foster and adoptive parents get comfortable talking truthfully about a Childs past and story.
Minnesota requires this comprehensive document for children and youth in out of home care. Learn more, see an example, view relevant statues and laws.
Having access to your personal information is a basic human right, however, foster care records are not forever. See the laws that govern retention and destruction.
Best practice, research, and good social work come together in this interactive and data-driven Lifebook training for permanency and child protection staff.
Is foster youth having access to their “file,” medical history, birth parent info, placement history and sibling details NECESSARY, a need or just nice to have?
Over redaction, lost and sealed records, incomplete, hurtful, and false information. Foster youth share about requesting their foster care file and give advice to other youth.
Each state varies in the documentation of foster youth’s medical info, social history and life stories. To work together, we must understand these differences.
Check out this guidance on lifestory work, for everyone involved in child welfare, through templates, lifebook tips, workshops, and book recommendations.Tweet