Child Welfare Staff Workshop: Capturing the Essence of Youths’ Stories

An LifeBook… acts as the single most meaningful piece of “paperwork” that any social worker can complete.

BETH O’MALLEY, Adult Adoptee

Child Welfare Staff, if you:

  • Would like to know more about the laws and requirements around Lifebooks and Social Medical Histories.
  • Have heard about Lifebooks, but don’t know much about them.
  • Wish there was more time to share children’s history with them, now and in the future.
  • Would like to have more ways encourage families to prioritize preserving children’s history.
  • Want what’s best for kids, but don’t know where to start.

Then this training is for you.

In this live 2 hour training, we will:

  • Learn from one another how to best complete life histories
  • Review current research
  • Think about how we equip parents to be partners in this work
  • View examples of a Lifebook and Social Medical History


  • Ways to capture foster youth and adoptees’ stories
  • About the benefits of capturing the essence of their story
  • The laws are around Social Medial Histories and Lifebooks in Minnesota and beyond

Practical tips:

  • Hands-on tools you can use with young people
  • How to include youth in the process
  • How to get birth, foster, and adoptive parent buy-in

*2-hour training certificate provided after an evaluation is received.

Your presenter will be Power of Story Founder and Executive Director Alisa Matheson.

She combines her lived experiences as a foster and then adoptive mom, child welfare worker, and parent trainer, along with the formal training she received while earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Counseling and Advanced Certificate in Therapeutic Lifestory Work.

As a foster mom, Alisa completed over 30 lifebooks, and found that being curious about their past, as well as sharing memories and photos with children she cared for has not taken away from the private parenting moments, but in fact increased the connection with children and their parents

And a child welfare worker, she has personally completed over 80 Social and Medical Histories and has found that lifebooks and social medical histories are the MOST important “paperwork” that could ever be completed by a child protection or permanency worker.

Come be empowered to bring these powerful items to the youth YOU care about.

Hope to “see” you there!

A Lifebook affirms the fact that everyone is entitled to his own history and confirms who he is, and provides a sense of full identity.

Mary Hopkins-Best

Parents, if you would like a training for yourself, check out the Foster and Adoptive Parent Workshop: Practical Tips to Preserve Kids’ History

IF you appreciated this workshop or want company at your training, please share with your networks!

Best practice, research, and good social work come together in this interactive and data-driven Lifebook training for permanency and child protection staff.

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