These books offer very specific tools to help build the bonds of security and family through shared activities and projects. All of the books recommended here provide for the inclusion of extended family members, and varied cultural and racial histories.
1) LifeBooks: Creating a Treasure for the Adopted Child
by Beth O’Malley. The author believes that LifeBooks are magic and much more than memory books or scrapbooks. Her book explains what they are and aren’t, how to make them, and how to use them to build attachment and a positive grasp of identity.
2) Creating Ceremonies: Innovative Ways to Meet Adoption Challenges
by Cheryl A. Lieberman, Rhea K. Bufferd. Ceremonies are a wonderful way for families to incorporate family difference into shared experiences. An excellent tool for every type of adoptive family to create inclusiveness and build security.
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