Thinking about National Adoption Week 2017 and the fact that there are now a higher number of sibling groups looking for permanent homes. Why we adopted siblings and what I would say to others considering how many children to adopt. Our original thinking around adopting siblings Both my husband and I wanted a large family … More Why adopt siblings #supportadoption
Recently I was asked if I would be prepared to speak to the media to represent the our adoption agency for National Adoption Week. I had no problem with speaking to the media as I do it for my job however, I am worried about the realities of ‘promoting’ adoption as I wouldn’t wish what … More Adoption is not the easy answer to completing your family
Both our children are now in school. Since September they’ve gone into years 1 and 2. Our eldest who is almost seven has struggled through school. He came to to live with us just 4 years old. He had a shit start to life with several ‘carers’ of a type. As a result he has … More Attachment disorder or ADHD/ODD?
I realise I havent posted on my blog for over a year… its been rather manic/eventful/delightful but mainly stressful. Im only able to write this Im up at 4am!? Delightful because the children are forming their own personalities and they are amazing, funny, smart and increasingly loving. Delightful because I love them to bits and … More Three years in to our adoption and how are we fairing?
To cancel out the very negative feelings Im having this morning I thought I would reflect on our first holiday abroad. What a success! We had such an amazing time. I was worried to start with as our 5 year old sapling was awake the night before an early morning flight asking lots of questions … More First holiday abroad – low expectation = success
I want to do the best I can for these kids but sometimes I just feel numb… … More Depression – is it? Some days I feel I’m doing more harm than good
I could have written this myself…. I’m in a reflective mood today. I’ve found myself recently thinking back to what I was like at the start of the adoption process, and mulling over what advice I would give to myself. Here’s what I reckon:1. Be prepared to take AT LEAST a year off work. … More 10 things I wish I had known at the start of the adoption process — Thoughts on being Mum
Clearing our attic the other day I found this diagram on the Process of Change. I thought ‘Every new adopter needs to have this’. Its a management tool for overcoming changes and the process your team goes through. I think every new adopting family should look at this to understand just how hard this challenge … More The process of change in your new family
Wednesday is Big Adoption Day! Independent Adoption Agencies across England like @CCSadoption in Bristol will be opening their doors to reinforce the message that adopters continue to be needed for our most vulnerable children. I am looking forward to seeing a new animation created for the event and inspired by Adopted Young People called “What … More Big Adoption Day this Wednesday #bigadoptionday @ccsadoption