Telling the Truth to Your Adopted or Foster Child: Making Sense of the Past

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CHAPTER NINE
Tools of Communication Between Parents and Children

Children can not communicate about their feelings as adults can. Youngsters talk through dolls, puppets, drawings, and play.

Susan Pelleg

Using communication tools within the adoptive family can help both parents and children process the many issues that arise during the growing-up years. This chapter describes twelve interactive tools parents and children can use to explore important issues.Children who joined their adoptive families after living for a period of time with birth family members have memories. Adoptive parents have a special role, for they truly are the storehouses for those memories--the difficult ones as well as the pleasant ones. There are several tools and techniques that adoptive parents can use to store those fading memories and to aid their child in communicating his own feelings about his life experiences. The first six tools aid interactive communication from parent to child:
The Lifebook/Life Story Box
The Life Map
The Eco Map
The Family Tree
The Family Collage
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