During a “first meet” with a birthmother and adoptive family, I came across a neat idea that caught my attention. The mother of the adoptive family had kept a scrapbook of her first adoption through China. She took at least one picture of her new child each day, and at the end of the year, put together a collage book with all of these pictures. She explained to the birthmother that this is something she planned to do again, with her new adopted child, and would share with the birthmother in the future.
Documenting the first year of life with your adopted child and/or your actual adoption process can really contribute to making this process even more special. It will not only be a great way to share the story with the birthmother but also a very touching way to share adoption with your child as they grow.
Here are some ideas:
Diary/Journal: Write down your thoughts during the adoption process to help express your feelings, needs, and worries.
Photobook: Taking photos and putting them together for your family, and maybe even sharing this with the birthmother. Check out Shutterfly for creative ways to compile photos.
Scrapbook: A mixture of your thoughts and photos together in one book, a great way to share with others.
Blog: Share your story through the web as there are many people out there who can relate.