Book will help new adoptive families

Dear Editor,

I am writing to tell you about a special new book that I hope will be of use to some of your readers, especially at this time of year.

When a child joins their new adoptive family it is always exciting, but it can also be an unsettling and confusing time. Getting to know a whole new extended family can be daunting for a child who may have experienced neglect, trauma and loss. “Me and My Family” is a unique book intended for children and their new adoptive family to use together to help them get to know each other better.

This colourful, interactive and fun workbook is designed to be written, drawn and coloured in by the child, with plenty of room for photos and mementos of days out, as well as spaces for thoughts and feelings - both happy and sad.

Family members can also contribute to the book with their own writing and drawings as well as talking about it with the child.

Devised by children’s social worker Jean Maye and published by the British Association for Adoption & Fostering (BAAF), this fun and engaging book is a great resource to help build confidence and give reassurance to children when they become part of their new family, as well as a book to reassure for years to come. For further information please visit www.baaf.org.uk

David Holmes

Chief Executive

British Association for Adoption & Fostering (BAAF) 6-10 Kirby Street London EC1N 8TS