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Touchstone Storytelling

Updated: Dec 18, 2018

In mid-November, the Hollywood film Instant Family shined a light on the wonderful benefits and difficult challenges of adopting parents. A Bloomington/Normal business and client of the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Illinois Wesleyan University, Touchstone Storytelling had already launched a fun and innovative way for families to celebrate and share their child’s adoption story.

In October, Touchstone Storytelling expanded its life story book services when it began creating adoption board books for toddlers, storybooks for older children and adoption journey books for adoptive families.

Owner Charlene Homan says the expansion is a natural development for her business. “I truly believe everyone has a story to tell and I want to help bring stories to life to be passed on from one generation to the next.”

As an adoptive parent herself, Charlene knows how important it is for a child to hear his or her personal homecoming story, oftentimes over and over again! Whether the child’s story starts at birth or years later, a child’s origin and homecoming is something to celebrate and cherish.

Touchstone Storytelling serves Bloomington-Normal, Illinois, the surrounding areas of central Illinois, and long-distance clients. She works with clients to find cost-effective and creative ways to capture and communicate family stories.

All of Touchstone Storytelling’s books are customized. Personal photos and memorabilia can be added to enhance the family’s story.

Touchstone Storytelling has three customized adoption book offerings:

1. A sturdy 16-24 page Board Book for babies- 3 years of age. (Board Books are also available by contacting the Touchstone Story Etsy Shop:

2. A hard-bound Storybook for children ages 4-10

3. A complete Adoption Journey Book detailing the child’s adoption placement with their forever family; Ideal to share with older children and family.

For more information and to get your own life story or adoption storybook started today, visit or call Charlene at 309-706-5828. 


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