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In this special episode we catch up with Krish Kandiah a year on from him being appointed as the Chair of the Adoption and Special Guardianship Leadership Board. We ask about the year that we've had and what Krish's reflections are on the year, subjects covered, Adoption Strategy, RAAs, Self employment and adoption leave, therapy for adult adoptees…
 
In this week's #WednesdayWebcast with Tris Casson-Rennie from FASD Ireland In this episode we speak about why FASD IRL was started, the work that they do and the plans for the future. If you want to find out more of what they do and get involved you can visit their website here. Facebook www.facebook.com/diversityadopt Instagram www.instagram.com/d…
 
So, following the 'success' and brutal honesty of last year's spousal episode we invited our respective other halves onto the podcast as we start the new year. Last year we looked at the impact of adoption on relationships and this year we're focusing on Therapy. We consider the trials and tribulations of accessing therapy, what therapy works, the …
 
In this Adoption Conversation Podcast we speak to adopted adult Fiona, she shares her experience of growing up as an adopted child in the 60s and 70s. Fiona is honest in relation to the impact on her and how her life was influenced by her experience of dislocation and lack of belonging. Ultimately Fiona hit rock bottom and she shares her experience…
 
Hello and welcome to conversations from the adoption and fostering podcast. In this podcast I speak to adoptive parent Holly, she shares her families experience of adoption and we focus on the impact on her biological child in the process. Holly was inspired to write a book to support children understanding why adopted children are unable to stay w…
 
In this special we do our own version of a reaction video with Al counting down the top 5 most downloaded episodes of the year. It's quite a short Podcast and we've gone for quality over quantity and would like to acknowledge everyone who has kindly given their time, energy and story this year. We know for some of our contributors the've had to put…
 
Hello and welcome to conversations from the adoption and fostering podcast. In this podcast I speak to adoptive dad Dan, with his wife he adopted a child after failed infertility treatment. Dan shares their experience of approval and matching as well how he then went to build a support group for adoptive dads which now has over 50 members. You can …
 
As per tradition we've got Becky back for the annual xmas podcast. All the best laid plans go to pieces and we cast aside the planned chat and talk about the rise of adopted people's voices and some of the changes that we've seen this year in relation to education, or haven't seen. We draw the winner of the JKP quiz as well as point towards some fu…
 
Hello and welcome to conversations from the adoption and fostering podcast. In this podcast I speak to Maria an adult adoptee who shares her experience of adoption. Please not this is an difficult listen Maria's story is an example of illegal practice and reflects the impact it has had on her. Maria describes discovering that she was adopted illega…
 
In this week's podcast after a brief reflection on the Podcast Conference we look at the issue that has been dominating social media in the adoption community this week. One of Adoption UK's trustees wrote a blog that was published online, in national newspapers as well as informing a discussion on Radio 4's Woman's Hour. The issue was the issue of…
 
Hello and welcome to conversations from the adoption and fostering podcast. In this podcast I spoke to Nicola an adoptive mam to three children. She shares he story of adopting with her husband after years of infertility. They adopted twice and then were asked to adopt through the foster to adopt model. Nicola is honest in relation to the challenge…
 
Hello and welcome to conversations from the adoption and fostering podcast. In this episode we speak to adopter Richard who, with his partner, adopted an older child. Richard discusses how he arrived at adoption and offers some fantastic insights into the preparation and assessment of adoptive parents as well as his passion to see older children ad…
 
In this week's Wednesday Webcast we speak to social worker, adoptee and adopter Yoni Ejo and Psychologist Keeley Craw . talk about relation based play for adoptive parents and how to strengthen relationships with their children. They have a company, Adopting Diversity, and run a range of courses. On the 25th they're hosting a free webinar looking h…
 
In this week's podcast we look at the issue of infertility, with infertility affecting the majority of adoptive parents pre adoption it's an issue that needs to be chatted about. So, we invited adopter Anya Sizer from the Fertility Network onto the podcast to share her experience as well as her professional knowledge on the issue and consider some …
 
In this episode we speak to birth parent Sarah, she shares her experience of having children removed for adoption as well as going on to have further children that remain in her care. Sarah is open and honest in relation to the complexity of maintaining relationships and living with social care involvement. We hope you find it thought provoking and…
 
In this episode Al travels to Ireland and they record a podcast there! So, we catch up on the news and comings and goings over the last few weeks. That includes adult breastfeeding, gogglebox and Al's rejection from his RAA. #YouCanAdopt has been different this year and we reflect on the differences in marketing and some of the miss steps in market…
 
Hello and welcome to conversations from the adoption and fostering podcast. In this podcast we speak birth mum Sammy, she shares her experience of having her children removed, court processes and accessing support once they have gone. If you’ve a story of care or adoption and would like to share your perspective or experience then please do direct …
 
As we're bang in the middle of #NationalAdoptionWeek we're really pleased to have Sarah Johal on the podcast. Sarah has recently been appointed as the "National strategic lead for adoption — Working Regional Adoption" and we speak to her in relation to what that role means and unpick some specific issues. We chat about contact, support, adoption ap…
 
Hello and welcome to conversations from the adoption and fostering podcast. In this podcast I spoke to Louise an adopted adult and social worker who has adopted three children. Louise is honest in relation to her experiences and discusses her views on the assessment and preparation process as well as the challenges of contemporary adoption. This po…
 
As it's #NationalAdoptionWeek next week so we thought we'd speak to Pam Hodgkins, adoptee, retired social worker, founder of NORCAP and MBE. Pam has a wealth of lived and professional experience to share and she kindly did that with us. Pam shares her personal experiences of adoption and growing up in the 50s and 60s as an adoptee, she then shares …
 
We're really pleased to be speaking to Dr Karen Treisman this week. We've wanted to speak to Karen for a long time and it was a great opportunity to cover a whole range of issues and topics that are pertinent to adoption, fostering and kinship care. Karen discusses the impact of the pandemic on children and families as well as considering different…
 
It's kinship care week so we asked Dr Paul Shuttleworth to come onto the #WednedsayWebcast to discuss his work and the subject of his research. Though Paul works for a range of organisations he's focusing on his Thesis: What matters to children living in kinship care: "another way of being a normal family" You can read it here We cover a lot of gro…
 
In this episode we unpick all things matching as well as cover a few current issues. Matching can be one of the most stressful experiences for prospective adopters. With social workers stepping back after the busyness of stage 1 and 2, adopters are often frustrated by the process of matching and downhearted by the lack of progress through the RAA a…
 
In this Wednesday Webcast we catch up with Carol Hunter and Aliy Brown from the FASD Hub Scotland to round up what has been a busy #FASD Awareness month. Aliy updates us on the work of the Hub as well as reflects on the progress that has been made in relation to the general awareness both in the general public but as well as within services. Carol …
 
Hello and welcome to conversations from the adoption and fostering podcast. In this podcast we spoke to Becky a parent of two biological and one adoptive children. Becky shares their story of an unsuccessful adoption assessment that led to her and her husband having to repeat the process with a voluntary adoption agency. They were approved and half…
 
In this conversation we speak to Lynne who has experienced the loss of her children through adoption as well as foster care. Lynne is searingly honest in relation to her experiences and story and consequently we advise caution as you listen. It's a profound interview as well as a collection of other recordings that Lynne has done for other organisa…
 
Be warned, there's swearing in the worst possible way in this episode, if it's not for you then steer clear. Seriously, we quote some pretty shocking stuff as well as some comical examples but you listen at your own peril. We start with a round up of some of the latest goings on, the new report form the The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Adoptio…
 
In this episode we acknowledge that September is FASD awareness months and we speak to Jo Garofolo the founder of Voice in a Million and she tell us about the upcoming documentary she has produced looking specifically at FASD The Hidden Disability which will be streaming on September the 9th here on VIMTV . We chat about Jo's experience of becoming…
 
In this episode we speak to Professor Julie Selwyn academic, social worker and author of several key academic studies and reports including the seminal Beyond the Adoption Order. Julie shares her experience as a professional and how that influenced her later academic research as well as the impact of what is now seen as a seminal report for the ado…
 
In this episode of Adoption Conversations we speak to adopter Peggy and birth parent Laura in relation to their experience of creating an open an ongoing relationship to best support the needs of the two children they are parents to. Their full story can be heard on another podcast, Two Good Mums, so here we open up some of the less talked about ch…
 
Hello and welcome to conversations from the adoption and fostering podcast. In this, slightly unusual episode, Al speaks to adoptive parent and teacher Carol about the themes and narratives that are portrayed in literature and media representations of adoption. It an interesting conversation and everyone who's life has been impacted by adoption wil…
 
This week we speak to Dr Amber Elliot about her book 'SuperParenting'. It's a refreshing look at therapeutic parenting and we were given free copies to review so we thought we would. To help us along we also invited Elaine Amy from that Twitter to join in as she'd actually read it in depth and had some insight to share. As the conversation progress…
 
In this episode we speak to Annalisa and Shania the founders of Adoptee Futures. They share the story of they how they came together as well as their hopes for the organisation and how it can be a positive environment to develop wider understanding of the adoptee experience in social workers, adoptive parnents and beyond. As always, we go where the…
 
Hi, In this episode we take the opportunity to catch up with AUK's Becky Brooks and talk about the Adoption Barometer. We also asked her to share a few thoughts on the recently released Adoption Strategy. We chat through specific elements such as education and ongoing support but the main thrust of the discussion was the contribution of adult adopt…
 
In this week's episode of conversation we speak to Foster Carer Antony, he is one half of a same sex couple who foster. In this conversation, Antony tells us about his experience of close family being taken into care, how he reacted, and how it helped him to travel along his own road to becoming a foster carer. We talk more about that, and how they…
 
In this episode we unpack the newly released DfE National Adoption Strategy for England. It can be read here We consider how it was put together and the specific parts of the document. Clearly, there's a lot to unpick in it but we look at the high points that were apparent on first reading. If you like the podcast we'd really appreciate a review on…
 
Hello and welcome to conversations from the adoption and fostering podcast. In this episode we speak to Pete and he shares his experience of adopting with his wife. They adopted one child after unsuccessful fertility treatment and have gone on to adopt again recently. Their story reflects a positive experience and with them navigating the assessmen…
 
In this week's episode we reflect back on the response to the interview with Josh MacAlister, to say it's been 'mixed' is fair. We also look at recent research on adoption disruption and consider the findings they highlight. If you can get access it can be found here Its a ranging chat and we catch up with some of the recent news and unpick what's …
 
In this episode Scott chats to adoptee Rebekah, she was adopted in the late 70's by a family that did not share her ethnicity and she shares her views and experiences. You can connect to Rebekah and the work she does on Facebook here Or at her HappyMarlo website here or on instagram via @happymarlolife We hope you find it enlightening and as always…
 
In this week's episode we stretch out a little and speak to Josh McAlister the Chair of the Independent Review of Children's Social Care in England. Understandably, there's been a lot of interest in the care review and as it's been billed as a 'once in a generation' opportunity. When the review was announced we asked Josh to come on and we arranged…
 
In this webcast we announce our latest project, No Borders Training (visit website here) With No Borders we want to provided easily accessible training, events and resources for parents, carers and professionals. We want to step out of the adoption and fostering world and look at a broader range of issues that impact on children and those who care …
 
In this episode we speak to Shania a young black adopted woman and she shares her experience of Adoption. Shania is the co founder of Adoptee Futures and an advocate and campaigner for greater awareness of the realities of contemporary adoption and during this podcast she is open and honest in her views. You can find links to Adoptee Futures here a…
 
This week we're back in the same room recording to our heart's content. We discuss the call for a national apology for forced adoption from the 50s,60s and 70. Scott talks about his little gig at the Adoptee Futures event at the festival of debate (watch here) and we unpick the thorny, but far too frequent, issue of adoptive families being pulled i…
 
Not a normal episode but Scott has a chat with Joanne Alper, friend of the show, and Director at Adoptionplus, a part of Barnardos. Adoptionplus is known for being a very therapeutic voluntary adoption agency, with a real focus on new innovations and ideas, and it was a pleasure to chat to Joanne about their pilot of STEP. STEP – Supporting Trackin…
 
I this episode we speak to Marie an adult intercountry adoptee and she shares her experience and views on contemporary adoption. Marie discusses issues of identity and belonging as well as the work that she does with www.intercountryadopteevoices.com and you can also find her at @scribbleyoga on twitter. It's Marie's story and views and, as always,…
 
In this episode we focus on the experience of going to panel. It's a nerve wracking and challenging experience for many adopters and Kat shares some of her experiences and offers insight into Panel from her perspective as a panel member and an adoptee. We discuss the process, the challenges, quality of PARs and a whole raft of aspects of what impac…
 
In this episode of adoption conersations Scott speaks to adoptee Simon Benn coach and speaker. Simon is coach and speaker and shares his experience of adoption as well as how he started to consider the implications for him in his 40s. As always, the views expressed are his and reflect his experience and thoughts on adoption. If you would like to sh…
 
In this weeks webcast we speak to David Benjamin adoptee and therapist who specialises in trauma. David often shares his experience and perspective on adoption preparation groups. He’s come on the webcast to share his views and thought on preparation of adopters and broader adoption issues. As always, thanks for listening and if you'd like to email…
 
Hello and welcome to conversations from the adoption and fostering podcast. In this episode we speak to adult transracial adoptee Vik, she shares her experience of growing up in a community that had little representation of herself and some of the challenges that precipitated. She is open an honest in relation to her experience and how it had infor…
 
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