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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.
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.
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.
Best practice, research, and good social work come together in this interactive and data-driven Lifebook training for permanency and child protection staff.
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.
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.
Current news and updates about a MN based nonprofit that completes lifebooks, social medical histories and workshops with local counties and organizations.
A tool to help parents be a healing and confident voice in their child’s life, through an age appropriate, first of its kind, trauma informed, empowering guide.
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Advice, cautionary tales, real encouragement and things to consider for care experienced young people, from a 2022 survey for current and former foster youth.
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?
Sharable quotes about the Power of Story for foster youth and adoptees. Check out our menu to learn more about us!
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.
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.
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.
The ultimate resource for FREE downloadable, lifebook templates, recommended versions to purchase and guides for parents and workers on creating lifestory books.
Information is just the beginning. Join the discussion. Workshops for Foster Youth and Adoptees, Adoptive and Foster Parents and Social Workers.
Parents and professionals have pieces of key information and stories, to share about the young person they know. Please take a minute to share what you know.
Surveys, whose answers have the power to change hearts, open minds and elevate the Power of Story. Please add your wisdom to the chorus.
Partner with Minnesota nonprofit focused on giving foster youth and adoptees back their stories, view current opportunities for employment.
We believe knowing your personal history and information is vital to healthy development for foster and adopted youth, but don’t just take our word on it.
Partner with Minnesota nonprofit focused on giving foster youth and adoptees back their stories, view current opportunities to volunteer and give back.
Meet the staff, volunteers and board members of Power of Story.
We do social medical histories and lifebooks, because all people deserve access to their own life history, this is our groundbreaking and inclusive model.
We contract with counties and organizations to provide high-quality social medical histories, lifebooks and workshops that promote the power of history.
Check out this guidance on lifestory work, for everyone involved in child welfare, through templates, lifebook tips, workshops, and book recommendations.
We provide high-quality lifebook and social medical histories for foster youth and adoptees, and host workshops championing the power of their stories.