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Views from various people involved in the adoption process.

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  • “Your mouth goes dry & you start to realise how important this actually is…”

    November 2, 2016

    Tom and his husband adopted their son in 2015. In the first of 3 blogs, he shares his story from deciding to become a Dad to attending the adoption panel :  Where do I begin? It all feels so long ago now. But here we are a whole 18 months into life as a family […]

  • Some days I could walk away & on others I think I’m making a real difference

    October 14, 2016

    To mark National Adoption Week 2016 Debra shares the highs and lows of being an adoptive Mum  People who know I have an adopted daughter describe me as ‘doing a wonderful thing, you are making such a difference, you’re a superhero’. I often reply that I don’t think I’m wonderful or making a difference, or in […]

  • “School tried everything to increase my son’s numeracy but ignored his love of science & animals”.

    September 12, 2016

    Adoptive Mum turned professional trainer, Nicola Marshall, shares her experience of school… Eight years ago our lives changed drastically when we adopted a sibling group of three. They were four, five and seven at the time and had come from a traumatic background. As I reflect on these years two areas stand out to me […]

  • Promoting positive communication with our daughter’s school

    August 30, 2016

    In her first blog, Sophie talked about the importance of developing a collaborative approach with teachers to help her adopted daughter get the best out of school. Here she shares how things worked in practice…  We were nervous and excited in equal measures when Lucy started school. We were fully aware of the significance of her […]

  • Working with school to support our daughter’s development

    August 10, 2016

    Our daughter Lucy had been with us several months when she was due to start the local school in Reception. We were excited for her, and really hoped that she would blend in with the other children and not stand out as being different in any way that resulted from her unfortunate start in life. […]

  • “A vicious circle that can be broken by teamwork between parents & teachers”

    June 30, 2016

    Adoptive Dad Rupert writes about finding the right support for his son at school. When my son started school at the age of four, he really wasn’t ready. He enjoyed a lot of it – particularly being around other children, using play equipment and doing sports – but he was very resistant to actual learning […]

  • Adoptive Dad, Barry writes about finding the right school for his daughters

    June 10, 2016

    Looking at social media or talking to adopters about their children’s school can be a disheartening business. The overall message seems to be that schools just don’t seem to understand the needs or behaviour of adopted children. Which is why I wanted to write about our family’s positive experiences. I also thought I’d share some […]

  • An adoptive Mum on why she teaches her children at home

    May 3, 2016

    Our guest blogger @NowWeAreSix and her husband have four daughters the youngest of whom was adopted in 2015. She explains why home education was the best choice for their family.  We didn’t always intend to home educate. Both of us had grown up within the mainstream education system. Neither of us had ever met anyone who […]

  • 6 tips for telling people you’re adopted

    April 22, 2016

    For young adopted people, it’s often difficult to decide when and with whom to share their life story.   The Adoptables  (peer network of adoptees aged 13-25) wrote this guide for teenage adoptees.  Six tips for telling people you’re adopted When we are at Primary school, we tend to be a lot more open with […]

  • You owe it to yourself, and your child, to ask for help – an adoptive Dad writes

    February 25, 2016

    Like most adopters, I thought we’d be the ones who would overcome any problems with the sword of love and the shield of consistency. Whatever our child’s past, we’d make it all better just by being such great parents. Of course it didn’t turn out that way. Love was often met with anger, boundaries and […]

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