Scrapbooking Your Adoption
Many adoptive parents feel that it's a great idea to create a scrapbook for their new child beginning at the start of the adoption process. Not surprisingly, your child is going to have questions about their adoption. Having a scrapbook with information about why you decided to adopt offers some insight for your child about how they came to be.
In the scrapbook, you may want to include some background information about you and your spouse. Where did you meet? When did you get married? What was your childhood like? Including a wide assortment of pictures is also a good idea. You may also want to include details about when you started the adoption process and the exact date of the adoption. Perhaps you know information about the birth mother and father. Whether you decide to include information like this is entirely up to you. If you have an open adoption, it may be a good way to start introducing your child to their birth parents.
The adoption scrapbook doesn't have to end once the adoption process is over. Think of it as a life book for your child. Include birthdays, vacations, and any other special occasions that have significance to your new family member. Documenting these events will also help you to remember memorable things that your child said or did at the time. Your new family member will most definitely appreciate all of the work that you put into the scrapbook when they are old enough to understand.
Please contact us for more information about keeping an adoption scrapbook.