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.
News and Updates
Listen in as we dream of a world in which everyone has the same person-centered access to their own personal history, stories, and medical information.
Rule 4 status has been granted to Power of Story! We complete lifebooks, social medical histories and workshops in tandem with local agencies and organizations.
Resources for Youth
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.
Resources for Families
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.
The ultimate resource for FREE downloadable, lifebook templates, recommended versions to purchase and guides for parents and workers on creating lifestory books.
Resources for Professionals
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