The importance of life story books is established in statutory guidance where they are mandatory for adopted children. However, research indicates that a significant number of adoptive families don’t receive LSBs or receive books that are of such poor quality they can’t use them. It is also increasingly being recognised that LSBs are only one type of life story resource that adopted children and their new families need. Good life story information gathering can also empower birth family members, giving them a voice and helping them feel they can contribute to the child’s future. Life story work is also a process and increasingly recognised for its role in supporting adopted children’s sense of identity and maintaining their memories, especially for those who may have had multiple placement moves.
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