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Hello and welcome to #AdoptionConversations from the adoption and fostering podcast. In this podcast I speak to adoptive grandma Sue. She shares her experience of witnessing her daughter, son in law and granddaughter go through the adoption assessment, matching and then introductions and placing. As always if you’ve experience of adoption, Fosterin…
 
It's Foster Care Fortnight and in a rare piece of effective and planned scheduling we've got Sarah Anderson, foster carer, therapist and founder of the Foster Wiki. Sarah shares her story of becoming a foster carer and how some of her experiences of the system pushed her into campaigning to develop the system and to create a better environment for …
 
Hello and welcome to this episode of the #WednesdayWebcast we speak to psychotherapist Mary-Joy Johnson. She works at Wildways Therapy specifically with adopters/foster carers who are having challenging experiences with their own mental health due to the chronic needs of their children. Mary-Joy is also a programme co-director for the Dare to Live …
 
In this episode we discus the news last week of the two adoptive parents on trial for murdering Leiland-James Corkill. Though there's limited information we discuss what is an emotive case that I'm sure many people are following with horror and shock. This is an upsetting case so certainly may not be for everyone, we reflect on social work and what…
 
In this episode we catch up on all that has been going on in adoptionland over the last month or so. We look at the findings and recommendations from the Somerset Judgement (See here), consider the recent research from Dominic McSherry on adoption and trauma (see here) as well as the recent goings on at the House of Lords with Al and the House of C…
 
Hello and welcome to conversations from the adoption and fostering podcast. In this podcast we speak to Rachel an adult adoptee, adopter and social worker. Rachel shares her story of being adopted in the early eighties and the unusual perspective that has given her in relation to her uncommon experience. Rachel also speaks in relation to her work w…
 
In this episode we talk about the impact of #CPV on parents carers and children. We also unpick a little about how an #NVR informed approach helped us as families and how it can support better relationships, a safer home environment for children and adults and impact on behaviour. We also chat about language, high need behaviour and the need for Sy…
 
Hello and welcome to conversations from the adoption and fostering podcast. In this episode we speak to adoptive single parent Matthew, he shares his experience of applying to adopt as a single man and the unique challenges that has brought. As always if you’ve experience of adoption, Fostering or special guardianship from any perspective and would…
 
Scott joins the webcast live from Ireland with Al. They chat about all that's happened with Scott and what's going on now. Scott remains in recovery and will do for a long period to come, he shares some of the impacts and what the future holds. We shared one mic so the audio is a bit 'Swimming pool'. If you would like to donate to Scott, Tris and t…
 
In this episode we speak to Sarah Richards an Adoptee, therapist, postgraduate researcher studying adoptee experiences of therapy. She discussed her experience as well as the issues facing adoptees accessing affordable and effective support in adulthood. If you’re interested in finding out more about her research you can email her here. Sarah.richa…
 
Hello and welcome to this special episode. On the 4th April Al was invited to give evidence the House of Lords Children and Families Act 2014 Committee. This is a recording of his evidence, it was discussion in relation to some of the challenges faced by contemporary adoption including support, timescales and contact. At the meeting Naomi Angell a …
 
In this episode we speak to adopted adult ReGina, she shares her experience of being adopted in the early 1970 in the US. Regina describes finding out that she was adopted and her decision to keep that knowledge to herself into her adult life is explored and why she decided to keep that information private. She also shares her experience of reunifi…
 
Hello and welcome to conversations from the adoption and fostering podcast. In this episode we speak to Keri an adoptive parent living in North Carolina in the US. Keri shares her experience of being a licensed foster carer and adopting from the state. She shares her perspectives on the system shining a light on how the differs from the UK . Keri’s…
 
Just another short episode to keep people up to speed with Scotts progress. It's all in the right direction but there's good days and bad, certainly there's a long way to go. If you would like to donate to Scott, Tris and the boys you can follow the link here. Seriously, no pressure though. Here is the link to the Select Committee on the Children a…
 
Hello and welcome to conversations from the adoption and fostering podcast. In this episode we speak to Gregory Luce from the Adoptee Rights Law Center in the US. Gregory offers professional and personal insight into the challenges faced by adoptees in the US in relation to law and wider culture. He also shares some of his experience of the difficu…
 
Hello, just a brief update to let people know that Scott was rushed into hospital on Sunday having had an aneurism, he is gravely ill but successfully operated on. He is now in recovery and we wanted to share Scott's husbands thanks and a give a brief update. We have recorded several conversations over the winter and will keep releasing them for no…
 
Hello and welcome to conversations from the adoption and fostering podcast. In this podcast we speak to Rachel and Brooke, they share their experience ad perspective on the US private adoption process . Rachel, a birth mom, and Brooke her adopted, now adult, child are honest in relation to the challenges they face but also reflect on the wider cult…
 
In what can only be described as a bizarre episode we unpick the Curse of the interview with the Children and Families Minster. A cruel and twisted tale of two ministers, hopefully we'll be able to reschedule with the minster soon. Thank you for all your questions and topics, we'll not waste them. There's a bit more information in relation to the S…
 
This week is a bit different as Scott has been away and Al partaking of his favourite pastime of 'extreme therapeutic parenting'. So we're releasing an interview we did with Molly earlier in the year. Molly is an adoptive parent and she shares her experience of adopting amidst lockdown as well as already having her her own biological child. Molly h…
 
Hello and welcome to adoption conversations, in this episode we pick up adopted adult, David Benjamin's, presentation at the Adoption and Fostering Podcast Conference at the end of 2021. The focus of the day was in relation to adoptees an their identity and David shares his perspective and experiences from that perspective. It is worth noting that …
 
In this episode we respond to a listeners question in relation to meeting adopted children's birth parents. We had a fantastic response on Facebook to the question and we also asked birth mother Charlotte (see this episode) to share her thoughts. We included her contribution via recorded message at the end of the podcast and really appreciate her c…
 
In this #WednesdayWebcast we chat to Charlotte Jenkins from Beacon Family Services. Following on from last week's webcast we're looking at social work's response to children and families where children's behaviour is challenging and aggressive. Often the underlying issues and causes are complex and layered and the resources available to social work…
 
Hello and welcome to conversations from the adoption and fostering podcast. In this podcast I speak to Lara an adult adoptee, and psychologist. She shares her story of a private UK adoption in the early 1970s. Lara discusses her views on how her adoption impacted on her identity throughout her live and She is honest and open in relation to the chal…
 
In this #WednesdayWebcast we talk to Helen Bonnick about the condition of services that are now available to support families in relation to challenging and violent behaviour by children. We hope to talk about how things have developed, definitions and any developing areas of support. You can see Helen's website Holes in the Wall here. As always if…
 
In this podcast we are joined by adoptive parent Elaine Amy, from that Twitter, and we open up a discussion in relation to adoptive parent’s responses to the changing landscape and criticisms of adoption. This is a conversation between adopters about adoption and that’s the focus of the conversation hence no adoptee voices. We chat in relation to t…
 
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