Lifebooks are tools that can be used with children in out-of-home care and children who have been adopted to record memories and life events as they move to different placements. Lifebooks can help children retain connections to their past and integrate those experiences with their present circumstances in a healthy, constructive manner.
The Child's Own Story: Life Story Work With Traumatized Children
Rose & Philpot (2005)
Strategies for conducting life story work and applying it to therapy for children affected by trauma. The techniques can be used by adoption and foster care workers, social workers, psychologists, foster parents, mental health professionals, and other people who work with children.
The Complete Lifebook Workbook
Designed to assist children and adults in making a lifebook that can help a child develop a better sense of who they are. The material is written for children who have lived or are living in foster care, group care, or with their adoptive family.
Foster Children's Life Books: A Caseworker's Handbook
South Carolina College of Social Work, Center for Child and Family Studies (2001)
Provides templates of typical life book pages that can be used by caseworkers as they work with each child. Recommendations for writing stories are included, with suggestions about how to describe the parents' feelings about their child and why the child was placed in foster care.
Iowa Foster and Adoptive Parents Association (IFAPA)
Included on IFAPA's publications page, downloadable lifebook pages allow a child to pick the pages that fit his or her style.
My Awesome Life
Lutheran Social Services of Illinois
Provides a lifebook at cost to help celebrate a child’s life and journey of adoption.
My Foster Care Journey
Workbook for children in foster care to provide a record of their birth family and significant life events. Some pages are to be completed by a social worker about the circumstances surrounding the child's placement in foster care and the dates of court actions.
My Life and Me
Sample lifebook to help foster and adopted children record important events, memories, and feelings.
Tips and resources for adoptive and foster families to learn about how to make lifebooks, memory books, and digital and paper scrapbooks.