Books on Creating Lifebooks for Adoptive Parents

Adoption Lifebooks


Lifebooks: Creating a Treasure for the Adopted Child by Beth O’Malley – Lifebooks is an easy to read guide full of practical step-by-step instructions on how to create a lifebook for your adopted child. It also includes three full-length examples for different types of adoption and sample wording to explain difficult topics. You can listen to an interview with author Beth O’Malley, herself both an adoptee and adoptive parent, on the Creating a Family podcast – Talking about the Difficult Parts of Your Adopted Child’s History.

Adoption Lifebook, a Bridge to Your Child’s Beginnings

Adoption Lifebook: A Bridge to Your Child’s Beginnings by Cindy Probst – A workbook-style guide to creating a lifebook designed specifically for international adoptive families and waiting parents wanting to document their child’s early life. Adoption Lifebook guides parents on how to discuss emotional topics such as birth parents, orphanage or foster care experiences, and answering “why was I adopted?” questions.

Life Story Books

Life Story Books for Adopted Children: A Family Friendly Approach by Joy Rees – A concise and practical guidebook to help you create a lifebook for your child. Rees provides a chronological model that works backwards from the present rather than forwards from birth. This stresses the security and attachment of the adoptive family before addressing the child’s past and any early trauma.

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