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Telling Your Story: Home Edition

Telling the Story of Our Home, Neighborhood and Community

· Writing Tips

In this edition of Telling Your Story, we are going to talk about what makes for a great write up on your Home and Community. As always, it's important to remember when writing for you adoption profile it's best to always "show, rather than tell," be as authentic as you can, and try to tie in how a child would benefit from what you are talking about.

When writing about your home and community, we always suggest to break it down into three parts: your home, your neighborhood, and your community. In this section, you want to address what makes your home a home, what sort of relationships do you have with neighbors and what events or activities do you share, and finally, what does your community offer that makes it unique?

To start, let's talk about the home. Here's an example what this first paragraph could look like:

We live in a charming home, which still has many of the same, vintage features from when it was first constructed in 1952. But, we'll admit - we had to update the kitchen. We're total foodies and love spending time cooking together! Besides the kitchen, our favorite part of the home are the Jack and Jill suites upstairs. It would be the perfect bedroom and playroom/study for a child.

It's important to remember that you have photos that will be accompanying each chapter - so don't worry about fitting in all the details of your home into just three paragraphs. This is a profile book, not a real estate pamphlet!

The next paragraph that we are going to work on is about the neighborhood. In this paragraph we want to convey to the readers how it feels to be in your neighborhood, and what makes it a good place to raise a family. Here's an example:

Moving into a historical neighborhood was an easy decision for us. It's like a dream, living in an area with mature trees and a playground. Another perk of living in the neighborhood is that it's pretty close knit. Each year, we have a summer block party and during the winter, we have a Christmas party, where all the kids get to meet Santa.

If you live in a rural area, and don't have neighbors, that's totally fine! Talk about why the benefits of living in a home with lots of space, adventures in the woods, outdoor activities and the quiet found in country living.

To finish off this section, we suggest you talk a bit about your larger community. For me, I live in a large, urban area, so I'm not giving away too many details about my location other than that I'm in the general Indianapolis area. It's good to talk about your community, but be conscious of how much information you’re giving out.

The best part about living in Indianapolis, besides being close to both our families, is that it's a big city with a small-town feel. It's the perfect place to raise a family. We cannot wait to take a child to the Children's Museum, to see a Butler Bulldogs Basketball game, or simply to have a picnic together in our neighborhood park.

You'll see in the example above that we slid in another detail while focusing on the main point: big city - small town feel. This is a useful device to use while writing short and concise chapters. You can mention important things on the side, that in the end are just as important as the main point.

We hope that this Telling Your Story post was helpful, and we cannot wait to hear what you come up with for you Parentfinder adoption profile! Keep coming back for me tips on writing and advice from adoption insiders.

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