My memory book 8+
By Edith Nicholls
9781903855805

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My Memory Book 8+ is designed to record the experiences, approximately from ages 8 upwards to young adolescence, of a child separated from their birth family. It will also: help them understand the reasons for their separation and to make sense of what is happening; give them an opportunity to express their wishes, ask questions and explore their own feelings about the separation; help carers and professionals offer explanations and information; assist the child in the formation and promotion of their 'identity'. Guidance for professionals and carers on use of this book and those for younger children - My Memory Book 0-4 and My Memory Book 4+ - is provided on removable pages and in more depth in The New Life Work Model Practice Guide, all available from RHP.

Large format wiro. 80 pages. 978-1-903855-80-5. Published 2006. £12.95


CONTENTS

About me
My family
Being looked after
Where I live
Seeing my family
My school
My friends
My birthdays and holidays
My special days of celebration
My other memories


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Edith Nicholls is an Adoption Support Social Worker with a local authority. She has over 24 years social work experience and has worked in education, generic social work, child protection and finally specialising in the field of Adoption and Fostering. She is also the author of What Does Adopted Mean? A Young Child's Guide to Adoption (RHP 2005).

Each Memory Book is designed to record the experiences at different ages of a child separated from their birth family. The age ranges for each book are not fixed; the books can be used flexibly with children of different abilities. Each of them contains age-specific guidance for workers and carers that can be removed before the book is given to a child. This guidance can be read at www.russellhouse.co.uk. It conveys in full the 'how-to' as well as the spirit of doing this Life Work, which is what makes these books so important and unique. The Memory Books will also: help children understand the reasons for their separation and to make sense of what is happening or has happened; give them an opportunity to express their wishes, ask questions and explore their own feelings about the separation; help carers and professionals offer explanations and information; assist the child in the formation and promotion of their 'identity'.

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