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 their new family.
We have heard it is the best gift in the world for a foster child or adoptee.
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.
An Adoption LifeBook records a foster/adoptee's life using 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
- A front-load for adolescence
- Opportunities to create positive identity and/or positive ethnic identity
- Space for future events
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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
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.
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 Books a simple way to introduce a child to his or her immediate family and surroundings, including their pets, car, yard, and house.