May 2007Vol. 8, No. 4Free Lifebook Pages
The Iowa Foster & Adoptive Parents Association expanded its list of resources by adding more than 60 Lifebook pages to its website. A Lifebook is created by a child, often with the help of foster parents or social workers, to document the child's life experiences in and out of the child welfare system. The pages capture family life, places lived, friends, schools, accomplishments, hobbies, and anything else of interest. Sample pages featured on the website include:
- Childhood milestones
- My foster story
- Dear Mom and Dad letters
- My predictions for the future
Lifebooks give children the opportunity to creatively share their life experiences on these pages through their writings, photos, artwork, or other keepsakes. Sharing Lifebooks increases understanding of a child's life experiences by the child, the child's foster or adoptive family, and the child's caseworkers.
The pages can be downloaded and printed at no cost by visiting the Iowa Foster & Adoptive Parents Association's website: