LSSI Lifebook Results

LSSI Lifebook Results

  • Over 4,300 Lifebooks have been given to children served by Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI).
  • 250 children have attended Lifebook groups led by LSSI Lifebook specialists.
  • 1,000 children have received one-on-one Lifebook assistance from an LSSI Lifebook specialist.
  • Over 560 LSSI staff has been trained on the use of Lifebooks with children.
  • 950 foster parents/caregivers have received training on Lifebooks, both in group settings and one-on-one in their homes.
  • Over 3,400 children have received special assistance from a Lifebook Specialist researching their family and placement histories to add to their Lifebooks.
  • Of foster parents trained:
    • 94% believe that children will benefit from Lifebook work;
    • 93% believe that they as caregivers will benefit from a child in their care completing a Lifebook;
    • 95% respond that they understand what a Lifebook is based on the training received.
  • Foster parents and caregivers who participated in Lifebook training at LSSI have responded with comments, such as:
    • "I understand the importance of knowing about your life – no matter where you are or who you are with."
    • "Very informative...definitely will be keeping a Lifebook on every child that comes to my home!"
    • "Very well done. This was informative…Good to understand where we can help fill in the story!"
    • "[Lifebooks] serve a very important purpose in helping us become better foster parents and….validate [our foster son's] past."
    • "This is so important to get into [the] family's hands within the first 30 days! Waiting until [the goal] changes to adoption…is too late to go back and remember things."
    • "Every child should have a Lifebook!"

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