Adopters’ views on their children’s life story books

Debbie Watson, Sandra Latter, Rebecca Bellew

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This research, conducted jointly between the UK children’s charity Coram and the University of Bristol, aimed to address the absence in the academic literature of adopters’ perspectives on their children’s life story books. Forty adopters from England and Wales participated in either focus
group or telephone interviews. While some of the accounts were of positive experiences, there was a broad consensus that many books were of poor quality, children had been inadequately prepared to explore their histories, adoption professionals and agencies did not seem to prioritise
life story books, and that adopters felt poorly prepared in how to use and update them for the benefit of their children. Clear messages for adoption agencies can be elicited regarding the preparation and use of life story books, such as improved training for professionals, monitoring
of the quality of books produced and better access to support and guidance for adopters to engage in this crucial work with their children over time.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-134
Number of pages16
JournalAdoption and Fostering
Issue number2
Early online date25 Jun 2015
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2015


  • Adoption
  • Life story book
  • Adopter perspectives


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