Beginning Their Story

Creating an Adoption Lifebook – Presenting their Background Details

Making an Adoption Life Book - Beginning Their Story

This post is part of a series on creating an Adoption Lifebook. These posts reflect my personal journey creating an album for my son. I welcome your thoughts and tips on making an adoptee or foster care Lifebook as we go along.

This is the second in the series.  Just to refresh:

A Lifebook is not a scrapbook even though you can make one in a scrapbook style (which is what I am doing). It is the true story of a child’s journey through adoption. From the moment they are born until they are a part of their forever family.

Last time I focused on when they were born and today we giving them a bit more information about their parent and the start of their story.

Beginning Their Story

In open adoption cases you may have much more information about the story of their birth but for closed and international adoptions you have to be a detective and piece together their history from bits of information in the reports.

We were luck enough that the birth mother completed an interview prior to giving Mr T up for adoption. She filled in a bit of information about how she met the birth father and their relationship.

I struggled here a bit as you can read between the lines and see the negative side to the relationship.  There is a balance when adding this information to the book.  I did not want to hide information but I also did not want Mr T to think he was a mistake.

My recommendation is to stay factual and not add any of your feelings into this page.  Let them come to their own conclusions later on in life.

Making an Adoption Life Book - Beginning Their Story

On the other hand if you find a positive highlight it.! In this case the birth mother shared the meaning behind Mr T’s name and it showed her love for him and her wish for him to have the best in life.  It showed she cared and he was worth it.

You can tell she really cared about him and hopefully it comes through on this page.  This page also gives him a bit of insight into his parents and that is very important.

Thank you for joining me on this journey. Feel free to share in the comments below or e-mail me at




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Full time working mom making the most out of time with my family through travel, crafts & photography. Owner/designer of Capturing Magical Memories® and co-owner of the Magical Blogorail travel co-operative. In my free time it is all spas, wineries and concierge.


  1. massholemommy July 16, 2014 at 6:03 pm - Reply

    Adopting is so exciting.  I know it’s an extensive process, but SO amazing.  Love your layout.

  2. jonahbonah July 16, 2014 at 7:11 pm - Reply

    I’ve never heard of doing this…what a great idea!

  3. kungphoo1 July 16, 2014 at 7:27 pm - Reply

    This is an amazing book.. it too over 2 years to make, that is incredible.

  4. RoseyMarie July 16, 2014 at 7:58 pm - Reply

    I’m visual and like directions too!! That page you’ve shown there has an awesome layout.

  5. terriingraham July 17, 2014 at 6:39 am - Reply

    I have Beth’s book but have not finished my daughter’s lifebook and she’s 7! You’re motivating me to work on it!

  6. Mama to 5 July 17, 2014 at 7:54 am - Reply

    That is so sweet, what a great way to make a story and keepsake.

  7. NewlywedSurvive July 17, 2014 at 8:30 am - Reply

    What a beautiful idea! Creating an adoption lifebook is a great way of celebrating and looking back.

  8. Debi at Life Currents July 17, 2014 at 10:55 am - Reply

    A great idea! My SIL is in the process of making a book like this to my niece (she’s not adopted, but they worked really hard to have her). Such a nice thing to do.

  9. LizMays July 17, 2014 at 10:56 am - Reply

    That’s really smart to keep emotions out of it so as not to influence their feelings.

  10. MisteeDawn July 17, 2014 at 12:25 pm - Reply

    How cool. What a great way to keep track of this amazing experience.

  11. AshleyMorton3 July 17, 2014 at 12:38 pm - Reply

    What a precious gift for your child! 🙂 I love it.

  12. thespringmount6pack July 17, 2014 at 8:47 pm - Reply

    This is beautiful. I have to share it with my friend

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