A Life Book is an informal record of the people and events in the child’s life while they are in care. Life Books give children a sense of personal history and continuity.
Who is required to have a Life Book?
Every child who is likely to remain in care for more than six months has a Life Book. It is jointly maintained by the child’s social worker, the child, and the caregiver/s. The foster parent will usually look after the book. When a child leaves care, the Life Book is given to him/her.
Consider keeping a photo album or scrapbook for mementos and activities for children in respite care or in your home briefly to commemorate their time with you. If children stay in care longer than expected, you will have a good start on their Life Book and their story will have continuity.
What goes into a Life Book?
These are some items that might be included in a child or youth’s Life Book:
Pictures of the child, including dates
Pictures and mementos from/with biological family
Pictures and names of foster family, friends, and pets
Report cards, school products or projects
Certificates of achievement, awards, badges, and ribbons
Letters from friends and relatives
Souvenirs from trips, concerts, and sporting events
Stories, letters, and drawings by the child
FPSS Society provides Life Book workshops in many areas and has templates available. To find out about this training, or to get some suggestions, examples, or hands on help, contact your local coordinator.
If you have a completed Life Book, FPSS Society can help you create a digital copy to have on hand in case the original is damaged or lost.