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  • “Having gay parents hasn’t been such a big deal. Having new parents was the bit that took some getting used to”.

    Steven Elvins is 21 and lives in Bristol with his Mums, Lynne and Emma. In a special blog for LGBT+ Adoption & Fostering week, he shares his adoption story. Living in an LGBT+ family People often ask me how I feel about having two Mums. To be honest, I’ve never really given it that much […]

  • “I loved him but I didn’t like him” – parenting a violent child

    An adoptive Mum shares the challenges of caring for a child with behavioural difficulties. My son, Ralph, was 3 and my daughter, Hera, was 2 when they came to us. They had endured dreadful abuse and neglect in their early years. My son was lovely and charming but had violent tantrums. Ralph took up all […]

  • Promoting positive communication with our daughter’s school

    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

    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”

    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

    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

    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

    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 […]

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