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
I read about so much negativity surrounding schools so I thought I’d share a letter I recently sent to our school where my eldest age 5 started reception in September 2015. I know this may not continue but right now I feel very grateful. Dear Mrs Headteacher (all names removed obviously) We wanted to drop … More Dear Teacher, thank you
I’ll begin this post by apologising for how selfish I feel having re-read this post. I’m not proud but I’m hoping my honesty will help others. Adapting to our life as parents has been incredibly hard. Having two children under school aged seemed like a really good idea – old enough to know their developmental … More Career girl and social-lite turned full-time mum – it’s not been easy
There is a MASSIVE gap in my blog. For several reasons… life took over and we were simply dealing with it and secondly, what we’re dealing with here is highly confidential, sensitive stuff. I now know when I saw those blogs with a pause just why. There is so much to say so this is … More Ten weeks in to our adoption of two siblings
Its been a while since I last posted and now we’re only 8 days away from going to panel! Blogging is tough when you work full time and you’re in the thick of being assessed. Although it is good to have this record of how far we’ve come. I’m now seeing people who have found The Adoption Social and … More Application submitted for the best job in the world – have I disclosed too much?
I have now worked out we are 45 days or 6.5 weeks from panel (Thanks to @Littlekindreds a fellow preadoptor). Two days ago we finished our paperwork for Stage 2 and now we’re patiently waiting for May 12th when we see our SW who will hopefully have our first draft PAR. what will it say … More 45 days to panel
Step 1 – how many children are you looking to adopt? 2 poss 3 Step 2 – ages? Erm poss one preschool Step 3 – gender? No preference Step 4 – what challenges will you be willing to accept? I have no idea This really is one of the hardest parts of the pre adoption … More When does matching truly begin?
Yesterday DH (dear husband) and I went along for two hours to a reception class at an OFSTED outstanding school. We were in the reception class which is made up of 60 children, two teachers, several teaching assistants and two special needs assistants. It was amazing! There are two classes which split into 30 although … More Experience at an amazing primary school
It’s been almost a month since I last posted. Final training day We had our final training day on 14th April which was all about the matching process and Theraplay. We were the only couple in the room from our original group and so it was a little sad not to be with some of … More Stage 2 form filling but not long to panel