|1.||For the small group activity and discussion for this chapter, spend the time asking each participant to practice writing their own child's story.|
|2.||If some participants do not have a personal example, they can use the following example with which to practice.|
Katie is now eight years old and has been in her adoptive home for six and one- half years. A lifebook was never prepared for her and her adoptive parents have returned to the agency for more information about Katie's past. They knew that her mother was dead and her father in jail because of the murder, but they did not have a lot of details. What they learned that day, they felt was important to pass on to her.
Katie came into foster care at fourteen months. She had witnessed the brutal stabbing of her birth mother by her birth father. After the stabbing, her father grabbed her and hid from police for two days. When she was eventually found at a friend's home, she was still wearing the bloodstained pajamas she had on the night of the horrific event. Her foster family eventually adopted her at two years of age. How would you write her story?