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My Family, My Journey: A Baby Book for Adoptive Families Diary – April 26, 2007

4.6 out of 5 stars 132 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Diary: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; Gjr edition (April 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811857379
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811857376
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.9 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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We recently purchased this album for our adopted son, mostly because it had excellent reviews and was one of the few adoption-specific baby albums available. While it's not a bad album, and I'm glad we have it, I wish that I'd been able to look at it before the purchase, but was unable to find a copy in the local bookstore that wasn't sealed. So for the benefit of those looking, here's what is on the inside, in order of appearance. Most of the pages include about half a page of space to fill in the story, as well as places to put photographs, with pre-printed or blank captions

--Before You Were Born (The story of us and how we came to be a family); includes space for family photos before and after placement

--The Story of Your Adoption; includes sections for "Why we chose to adopt" (only two lines for text!), "how we found you", and "our hopes and dreams for you"

--People Who Helped Us Find You; includes space for four pictures, names, and "how they helped us find you".

--Waiting; includes sections for "plans and preparations we made"

--The Match!; includes sections for "how we found out" and "how we celebrated"

--A Baby Shower!
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We brought our son home from the hospital as a foster child and bought this book to preserve those special memories. While the book is appropriate for our situation 90% of the time, the other 10% leaves many blank entries and sad omittances. The book is beautifully done and will be a nice companion to our son's lifebook, scrapbook and photo album. I wish it were just a little more accessible to the less traditional adoptive family.
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My husband and I recently adopted two children from Uganda, East Africa. Chloe and Noah have been home just six weeks. A friend of mine gave us a copy of "my family, my journey" at their welcome party, and amidst our new, busy life, I have found it easy and enjoyable to use this resource to recount Noah and Chloe's adoption story. Initially, it looks like a baby book, albeit not too cutesy or frilly. But each page quickly reveals the unique story of adoption. The creators clearly have a sincere grasp of adoption while allowing flexibility for each story's unique details and quality. Overall, this resource is an excellent way to share the details of an adoption. Some headings include "The Match," "A Baby Shower" and "What We Know About Your Birth Family and Where You Came From." My mother teared up while reading the headings before I had begun to fill the blanks! My favorite pages include "People Who Helped Us Find You" and "Adoption Buddies," celebrating some of the other faces in their story. Some of the headings gave us trouble though. The "Waiting" page offered no space for photos and only six lines for text. We waited five months to be matched and another 17 months before Chloe and Noah came home. We could have used more room. Also, the spaces left for photos throughout the book are of non-standard size and have borders that make it difficult to either mount photos inside of them or cover the borders completely with the photo. A clip art image to mark the center of the photo location would have made mounting easier. In any case, I would definitely give this resource to other adoptive families and hope that Noah and Chloe will treasure their adoption story as much as we treasure them.
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this little book is such a treasure to our family, it is so nice to have something to fit our unique situation and turn it into a fun story for our new son to look back on! It shows him he is a prize to us, and thats exactly what he is! Anyone searching for a baby book for a child adopted or fostered, look no further, this one is great!
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This is our second adoption -- the first adoption was our middle son and he was an infant so it was much easier finding adoption books for him. Our second adoption is sisters from foster care and they are 8 and 11 years old. I can make this book work for them pretty well. On the pages where nothing applies to their age category I will just put some extra photos to cover up the words. The book is vague enough to work for a child who was brought home as an infant or older but there are those pages that are specifically for an infant. For instance, I probably won't have to fill out "when the girls slept through the night first." Again though, I have bought several books for myself and friends trying to find that compatible book for older child adoptions and this is the best I have seen! I ordered one and am about to order the second! I would recommend this! All it takes is a little creativity to cover the parts you don't need if you don't want blank pages or even just cut them out. Anyhow, when my 5 kids aren't needing me so much I will write an adoption book specifically for kids who have been in foster care and are older when they are adopting! I found a few foster to adopt books and a few foster home lifebooks, but these kids need to know that they can have books like any other kid no matter what their circumstances.
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