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.
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.
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
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).
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.
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.
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.
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 including 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.