AdoptUSKids has recently published new public narrative-writing guidelines developed to help workers craft compelling narratives that protect the safety, privacy, and dignity of children.

The principle behind these guidelines is that information about children should be shared on a continuum, with positive, descriptive information in the public profile that is available to all and information about challenges and support needs provided to homestudied families only through private narratives and conversations.

This new web section offers detailed information and tools to help with writing public narratives, including:

  • What information should—and should not—be included in a child’s public narrative
  • Examples of compelling, strengths-based narratives
  • Narrative-writing tips
  • 36 questions to encourage children and teens to talk
  • Suggestions for selecting a photo
  • Information about adding a private narrative

Read the guidelines

AdoptUSKids is also hosting a webinar on September 28 about the guidelines

Register for the webinar



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