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What is the lifebook program?

LifeBooks are created for foster children to tell their story much like a scrapbook.

Welcome Books are created by adoptive parents as a way to introduce a child to his or her new family.

Our LifeBook Team puts together pre-made scrapbook pages for caseworkers, foster parents and adoptive parents to use in their scrapbook creations.

We have heard it is the best gift in the world for a foster child or adoptee.

We are looking for more members to join our LifeBook Team; are you interested?

How do you fit in? We need you, your creativity (we can lend you some if you think you don’t have any), and your time in order to create these gifts for local foster children. Adoption Life Books resemble scrapbooks and, like scrapbooks, there are a lot of ways to be involved.

These books impact the lives of children and protect memories that otherwise might be lost.

Adoption Life Books

An Adoption LifeBook records a foster/adoptee’s life that uses words, photos, graphics, the child’s artwork, and memorabilia. An Adoption LifeBook includes information about the child’s birth parents and reason for separation. It always starts at the child’s birth and often includes the fun part of when the adopted child joined a family.

An Adoption LifeBook tells more than a life story. It represents a unique opportunity for parents to honor every minute of their children’s lives. It acts as the single most meaningful piece of “paperwork” that any social worker can complete. As for foster parents, this is their chance to give an adoptee/foster child a sweet childhood memory.

What are some of the benefits of an Adoption LifeBook? An adoption LifeBook provides:

  • A concrete tool for meaningful conversation
  • An adoption security blanket
  • Attachment rituals
  • Structure for difficult material (such as reasons for the relinquishment)
  • Ways to normalize adoption language
  • Ways to reduce fantasy about birthparents (could this help with paying attention in school?)
  • A front-load for adolescence
  • Opportunities to create positive identity and ethnic identity
  • Space for future events

Lifebook Links

Birthday Weather

Find the weather for any state or country. If you want weather for a historical date, i.e. your child’s birthday, go to the country/city you want and enter that date.

Beth O’Malley’s Website

Created by an adoptee & new adoptive mother. Tons of free resources, articles, monthly newsletter, success stories, Q & A section, schedule for Beth’s live presentations, and the LifeBook Shoppe (books, workbooks, & special E-reports).

Time Capsule Website

Discover what happened the day you were born. Headlines, toys, movies, or even famous people born on same date.

Interested in finding a map? Google it

Type in “name of country or state/province.” There are many sites which have downloadable maps, geography facts, etcetera. Very helpful tool for showing where children are born and where they live now.

Karen’s Adoption Links

Perhaps one of the best adoption sites—it contains tons of resources related to both LifeBooks and adoption. IT IS A NON COMMERCIAL WEBSITE. Newly added are International birth, family search resources, and Sibling Registries for both adoptive parents and adult adoptees.

Day of Birth

Day of Birth

Learn what day of the week you were born on. Discover how many days until your next birthday, how many seconds old you are, plus other links.

Welcome Books

The Welcome Book consists mainly of photos and short descriptions (whew—no tough text like that Life Book). The length varies between 5-9 pages. Details about the importance of the book and how to make it can be found below.

Adoptive parents make the Welcome Bookas a simple way to introduce a child to his or her immediate family and surroundins, including their pets, car, yard, and house.

Lifebooks of Lane County would like to extend an invitation of assistance. We have a good supply of pre-made pages if you are interested in using our resources. Our format is 8 1/2 x 11 but we are capable of supplying other sizes upon request. Having trouble finding a place to begin we have an experienced team of volunteers that would love to help. At times we will offer space to work on your albums along with the use of our cropping tools and supplies of paper, stickers and lettering. We all know how important LifeBooks and Welcome Books are for children in the state of Oregon. We at A Family For Every Child in the Eugene-Springfield area will gladly put together packages for you to pick-up or for a shipping & handling cost mail them to your door. Just let us know what types of pages you are interested in and any other information you feel we should know.

Our Lifebooking Partners

Jani Aguilar

janilovestocrop@comcast.net

Jani holds group scrap booking sessions to put together pages for foster kids in Oregon.

A very special thank you to Beth O’Malley Adoption-Works

Sign up for free LifeBook lessons and a monthly newsletter on her website