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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Adoption-Works Press (February 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970183275
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970183279
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #603,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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" ...my daughter's LifeBook has only served to bring us closer and increase her trust in me. LifeBooks: Creating a Treasure for the Adopted Child provides an invaluable service to adoptive families. Your perspective and guidance freed me up to pull this together." -- Mary McGuire, adoptive mother of 6-year-old Cassie, adopted from China

" I just finished my daughter's lifebook... felt compelled to send you a copy...you inspired me...thank you... -- Dianna Calfin, adoptive mom in New Hampshire July 2001

" This book is a gift for adoptive and birth families and for professionals... -- Dr. Joyce Maguire Pavao, CEO Center for Family Connections, Cambridge and New York February 2000

"I strongly recommend this book for anyone involved in adoptions." -- Dr. Gregory Keck, Ph.D. Founder of the Attachment and Bonding Center of Ohio, and co-author of Adopting the Hurt Child August 2001

..."my daughter's lifebook has only served to bring us closer and increase her trust in me -- Mary McGuire, adoptive mother of 7-year-old Cassie, adopted from China

...your book helps adopted children learn to embrace their story and themselves... --Susan Soon-keum Cox, Holt International Children's Services August 2001

From the Publisher

LifeBooks:Creating a Treasure for the Adopted Child is an easy to read guide which explains all the details. Beth O'Malley offers concrete suggestions and tips on everything from tricky text to adding your precious photos.

Families from all over the world are sending thank yous and copies of their successfully completed lifebooks thanks to Beth's book.If what you are looking for is an adoption lifebook guide with a proven track record, Beth's book is the one.


More About the Author

Beth O'Malley was born Mary Ruth Bourbeau on June 22nd outside of Boston, MA.

After spending 10 days in the home for unwed mothers, Beth moved into foster care. Her first foster mother died, and she was placed again. At 5 months she met her adoptive family.

Despite growing up in a happy, loving family Beth O'Malley had an empty feeling inside-- couldn't seem to put a finger on it or shake it.She had trouble with relationships, staying rooted, and struggled with depression.

The in her 30's it hit her.

She was adopted, something she knew, but had no information about her beginnings and never connected this with the empty feeling inside.

By this time Beth had begun her role as an adoption social worker in the inner city of Boston, MA.

Beth reports " that empty feeling could have been filled with just a few basics-- my birth place or a few discussions about my adoption history which would have normalized my experience.

Inspired by her role in adoption, Beth searched out her foster care notes and started to fill in the blanks as well as that empty feeling. A few years later she had her story. Her personal life story. The hows the whys. The questions answered.

She went on to help children and teens in foster care do the same with lifebooks.

" My goal is that a lifebook will help a child or teen get just enough to fill that hole inside. Avoid some of the pain. Take back their life."

Beth and her husband went on to adopt. They live outside of Boston, MA with their 11 year old daughter. Beth recently completed 28 years of social work and now works at home on lifebooks. Her passion.



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I highly recommend this book to all adoptive parents.
Vilma F. Anderson
This book was VERY helpful in giving information, tips and ideas of information that needed to be included.
maximum verbosity
After reading this book I was actually excited about getting started.
A. Hillen

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

92 of 92 people found the following review helpful By A. Hillen on May 23, 2002
Format: Paperback
As an adoptive parent and an adoption educator, I have looked at many, many books and other sources on the topic of "creating a lifebook." This book is by far the most enlightened, meaningful and relevant book out there. I have already bought several copies for my friends and for our homstudy agency. Most so called lifebooks focus on scrapbooking concepts. This is the only one I have found that talks about CONTENT. Not only what to write about, but WHY certain information needs to be included. It's really a "How-to on Lifebooks" AND a "Talking About Adoption" book rolled into one. The author has a a gift (and a unique and credible perspective) for synthesizing this critical and delicate topic into a clear and actionable tool for adoptive families. I have been putting off creating a lifebook for my two internationally adopted children for the last three years because the task seemed so daunting. After reading this book I was actually excited about getting started. Best of all I did it -and I urge any adoptive parent to buy this book!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By K. Campbell on May 26, 2002
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Beth O'Malley's book is an inspiration to any family born through adoption. I never had a clear understanding of what a lifebook is until reading her book. I adopted my daughter from China in 1997 and had yet to write her lifebook. When I received the book, I read it in one sitting and immediately began to write the text for my daughter's lifebook! Finally! The information I sought was described and formatted in easy to follow directions. My daughter's lifebook is almost completed. I highly recommend this book to ALL families that have children born to their family through adoption. The lifebook story has made a significant impact on my daughter and brought up many opportunities for us to discuss birthparents and her feelings about her birthfamily. You won't be disappointed with this purchase!
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Beth O'Malley's LifeBooks: Creating a Treasure for the Adopted Child is a pure joy to read. Vital information is presented in a touching and personal manner that makes you feel as if Beth is right there with you, guiding you through the process. You will see that a LifeBook can have an immeasurable, positive impact on a child's identity, self-esteem and perception of family. Particularly for a child who is removed from birth family due to neglect or abuse, a LifeBook can help the child come to peace with their past and provides a solid foundation for them to look towards the future. I believe Beth's book is essential reading for everyone involved in adoption and foster care.
Carolyn E. Smith, Executive Director, Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By maximum verbosity TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 14, 2003
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We recently adopted our foster child (whom we've had since birth) and I was at a loss as to what types of things to put in her lifebook. This book was VERY helpful in giving information, tips and ideas of information that needed to be included. We now have our 2nd foster child (that we hope to adopt) and this book has made it much easier to get a jump-start on her lifebook.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kate G. on September 26, 2000
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My mother is a social worker and she uses this book in her work. My mother brought the book home for me to look at. As an adoptee, I feel this book is a wonderful way for adoptive children to understand their history and to have a connection with their biological parents. I wish this book had been written 22 years ago and then maybe I wouldn't have so many unanswered questions.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Cathy Stucker VINE VOICE on September 23, 2002
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Beth O'Malley understands adoption, both from her perspective as an adoptee and from her many years in working with adoptive families. Her experience, understanding and compassion shine through in this helpful, step-by-step guide.
Beth walks with you through the process, and makes even the toughest questions seem easy to handle. Don't delay. You owe it to yourself and your child to get this book and start creating your child's lifebook.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Deborah J. Taub on May 6, 2002
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I'm a pretty devoted scrapbooker, but I just knew somehow that this "lifebook" thing was meant to be different from one of my regular scrapbooks. Beth O'Malley's book explained how and why it is different and provided excellent guidance on creating this very special gift for the adopted child.
With the guidance of this book, I'm now working away at my daughter's lifebook.
This book can guide you whether your adoption was international or domestic, an infant adoption or an older child, a child who was in foster care . . . Whatever the circumstances, Beth O'Malley has guidance and advice for how to handle it in the lifebook.
If you are an adoptive parent, I urge you to get this book and get to work on this important part of preserving and transmitting your beloved child's story.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Gisela Gasper Fitzgerald on September 15, 2003
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As with some other great adoption books on the market, I wish this one had existed when our child was small. She is now 34 years old and a mother, and I still wish to create a lifebook for/with her using O'Malley's wonderful guide. But it's never too late! I will make sure that my friends, who have adopted children, will have a copy of this delightful book.
Gisela Gasper Fitzgerald, author of ADOPTION: An Open, Semi-Open or Closed Practice?
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