Adoption Lifebooks & Scrapbooks


An adoption lifebook or scrapbook is a way to preserve your child’s story, connect him with his past, and start adoption conversations—particularly for children adopted from foster care. Find resources and advice on creating a lifebook for your child.

A lifebook in progress

Capturing Your Child’s Journey Through Life

Capturing Your Child’s Journey Through Life

Four families share how they fit making scrapbooks and lifebooks into their busy lives after adopting.

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Help your child create her own adoption lifebook.

Child-Created Lifebooks

Even if you've made a scrapbook or lifebook for your child, kids this age like to tell their own stories. Here's how to help.

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A mother and daughter look at the girl's lifebook, containing photos and words telling her foster adoption story

Lifebook Lessons

Five experts answer your questions in this how-to guide for creating what will likely become your child's favorite read-to-me book.

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Tips for photographing your child

Take Your Best Shot

Adoptive parents — and photo pros — help you capture those precious moments with your kids.

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Create an adoption storybook for your child.

Creating a Personal Adoption Storybook for Your Preschooler

Telling your child's story in book form can cement his sense of belonging in your family and boost his self-esteem.

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Adoption storybooks helped this family open up about their adoptions

“Babies and Birth Moms and Bellies, Oh My!”

When our two children began to ask questions — lots of questions — my partner and I found answers in homemade adoption storybooks.

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Adoption Lifebook: A Bridge to Your Child's Beginnings

[Book Review] Adoption Lifebook: A Bridge To Your Child’s Beginnings

In this essential addition to the literature on adoption lifebooks, Cindy Probst provides a structured, child-centered approach to the task of writing down what happened in the earliest days of a child's life.

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Example of a lifebook

A Bridge to Your Child’s Beginnings

In an excerpt from her book, Cindy Probst talks about why lifebooks, long treasured by foster adopters, make sense for all adoptive families.

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