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What is a Lifebook?

What is a Lifebook?


A Lifebook is a record of a child’s memories, past and present, in his or her own words.  As a child moves through foster care, oftentimes his or her life story gets lost.  The Lifebook pages are used to document important events and celebrations, honoring a child’s life.  It is also used as a way to open up discussion and help a child work through losses.


These Lifebook pages are a tool that can be useful in any stage of foster care or adoption.  The pages can be individually downloaded and printed, allowing the child to hand- select pages they are interested in.  It is important to note that not all pages need to be used, only the pages appropriate to the child.  Once the pages are printed, it is recommended they be placed in a three-ring binder.    


Additionally, Michigan State University is offering online training courses related to Lifebooks, and advocating for your child in the school system. Please visit, search for the Course Title or Number, and then register:

336-17 | Online: Caregiver - Advocating for My Child in the School System
354-17 | Online: Caregiver - Understanding the Role of Life Books for Youth in Care

If this is your first online course with MSU, then you will need to FIRST visit: to obtain a community ID.