Craft Meaningful Life Stories

Help Foster Children Make Sense of Their Lives

Lifebooks for Children in Foster Care

Cover of Where I've Been, Where I'm Going
  • Designed for children in foster care
  • Builds self-esteem by celebrating strengths & achievements
  • Explores reasons for being in foster care in a non-threatening way

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Lifebooks for Children Returning from Foster Care

Cover of Going Home Lifebook
  • Improves coping skills by exploring how returning home will be different
  • Shares alternative perspectives on returning home in a safe way
  • Expands the child’s support network by storing contact information for important bonds made during foster care

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Lifebooks for Children Adopted from Foster Care

Cover of My Adoption Lifebook
  • Helps children appreciate both birth and adoptive families by recognizing the good qualities of both families
  • Improves coping skills by providing an appropriate outlet for expressing feelings about adoption
  • Offers creative ways to learn more about the adoptive family

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Why Do Children in Foster Care Need Lifebooks?

Preview of Lifebook Page: I Lived Here

Fill in the Gaps

Children in foster care may have lived in several homes. Without a written record, it’s easy to forget what occurred during previous placements.

Preview of Lifebook Page: Other Points of View

Reshape Life Stories

Frequently, children blame themselves for separation from their birth families. Lifebooks help children understand that they are not the reason for being in foster care.

Preview of Lifebook Page: My Life Story

Transcend Setbacks

Lifebooks give children a picture of where they have been and where they are now.

Preview of Lifebook Page: When I Grow Up

Find Purpose in Life

Overcoming the past helps children focus on achieving dreams and life goals.