Adoption is not the easy answer to completing your family

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

10 things I wish I had known at the start of the adoption process — Thoughts on being Mum

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

The Difference Between their Birthmom and Me: An Honest Conversation about Addiction

Originally posted on Herding Chickens and Other Adventures in Foster and Adoptive Care:
As many of you know I recently herniated a disc in my spine. Since then I’ve gone to PT, had cortisone injections, and took pain medication after pain medication in order to perform the most basic movements. Today I couldn’t make it…

Big Adoption Day this Wednesday #bigadoptionday @ccsadoption

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

Adoption Allowance – no chance… oh well ok then

So we’ve had the children for almost a year.  We were told from the start that we would get no financial support, nothing, nada did I say nothing… despite the initial paperwork saying that adoption allowance could be possible.  Anyway, as we were applying for the adoption order, we filled in the form to be … More Adoption Allowance – no chance… oh well ok then

This morning I was offered a lie-in but I wanted to get up to see them, something has changed…

Our saplings have been with us almost eleven months.  Last week we had the Adoption Order granted but it still doesn’t feel real.  What does feel real is the love I feel for these kids.  Its taken enough time mind. In recent weeks our eldest started school and youngest went back to preschool.  I’ve resigned … More This morning I was offered a lie-in but I wanted to get up to see them, something has changed…