Middle school students from Central Baptist Church were challenged to serve the Sioux Empire from June 15-18. More than 100 middle school students served local non-profit agencies, organizations and charities for “SIOUX-per Summer Serve”.
Nine students and one adult came to the LSS Center for Children & Youth and made their own happy memories while creating Lifebook pages for children in LSS Foster Care and Residential Services. They created 58 pages, organized scrapbook supplies and sorted previously made pages into various categories.
A Lifebook contains specific information about a child’s birth, birth family, culture, school history, places they have lived and much more. Often, children in foster care may not have someone who knows all about them, including things like where they were born, their biological grandparents, when they lost their first tooth or what their favorite food was when they were eight.
Lifebooks are intended to help children keep track of their life’s path. “A Lifebook simply brings a child’s past, present and future together,” says Dede Mogck, director of LSS Foster Care Services. “A Lifebook is always a ‘work in progress’ in that a foster parent and a child add to the book as the child reaches different life stages.”
Lifebooks help children in foster care, adoption, or other out-of-home placements to fill in the gaps of their life stories. Knowing their story helps them to understand who they are, increases their self-esteem, helps them set goals and look to their future. Lifebooks can be used as a tool to talk about difficult subjects and can help children prepare to return to their birth families or to possibly move to adoptive families.
This motivated group of young volunteers from Central Baptist Church had a great time while using their creative talents for a worthy project. We want to thank the students for their hard work and for helping foster kids hold onto their memories and define their life stories.
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Linda Jensen, LSS Development Officer, Development & Foundation