Life Book [Adoption] Law and Legal Definition

When used in the context of adoption, life book is a pictorial and written representation of the life of a child. A life book is designed to help the child better understand and make sense of its history. There is no required content for a life book. However, some information relating to the child’s birthparents, other members of the extended birth family, birthplace and date are normally seen included.

The life book can be compiled by a social worker, foster and/or adoptive parents or even the birthparents or members of the birthparents' extended family. The life book can be developed online or as a scrapbook with pictures of birth parents and relatives, drawings, and children's own narratives. It is often used as a therapeutic tool to help a child in foster care understand his/her background and history, resolve feelings, and attach emotionally to a new family.