I mentioned in my last post that I’ve had several conversations recently where families were really struggling with the question of how to talk about adoption with their adopted child.Continue reading
June is LGBT Pride Month. It’s a month where the LGBT community celebrates in glorious style.
This year is also the 50th year anniversary of the Stonewall riots; the catalyst for the modern LGBT rights movement.
As the mother of a child who is often, and I hasten to add, lovingly, described as ‘camp as Christmas’, and with friends within the LGBT community, I’m bewildered that we still need Pride Month.
That we still need to raise awareness, campaign for LGBT rights and raise political awareness. To try to stem a growing tide of bigotry and hatred against a whole community of people just because they are, quite wrongly, perceived as different.
Which then got me to thinking about our adopted children. I’ve had several conversations over the last month that have shocked and saddened me.
Conversations about children being repeatedly and systematically bullied for being adopted. Children who have fallen through the cracks due to to lack of funding or institutional apathy. Families who are not getting support because no one knows where to find it. And families who are still struggling to find ways to speak to their adopted children about their adoption story.
It is heartbreaking that in the 21st Century, we still cannot embrace everyone with open arms. Whatever their ethnicity, gender, sexuality, mental status, or even, how their family came together. That adopted children are being failed and stigmatised and traumatised even after placement.
So as Pride month comes to an end, lets each take a moment and practice a little more tolerance and inclusivity. Let’s fight a little harder for our children and loved ones.
We can’t change the world in one fell swoop, but if we all try, just a little bit, we can surely make a difference!
It’s an independent campaign, but one we as an enterprise, but also me, personally, as a mum of a child with FASD, can completely get behind.
Diane, a mum and advocate, states in her petition:Continue reading
The Witherslack SEN Conference North West is upon us and if you’ve not got your tickets yet, we talk about why you might want to do so.
They deliberately price the event reasonably at £12 a ticket. It makes it affordable for many people, which I feel is so very important. Access to information and support when you need it most is critical. And can play a part in turning a family situation around.Continue reading
Why might a child not have a school place?
It may surprise you to learn that not every child has a school place.
Because of the complex nature of our young people, it can be difficult to find appropriate educational settings for them. Sometimes they can find themselves out of school due to exclusion. Maybe its a placement move. Or it could be the case that their parents have felt no choice but to off-roll their young people because the setting ‘doesn’t get them’.
Recently, media has focussed on the number of ‘electively’ home schooled young people with SEND. Some of these, their carers would argue, were certainly NOT at home through choice.
If you are in the situation where you are trying to find and secure a place in an educational setting, there are a number of things you can try.Continue reading
We went to London as a family at the weekend. Ted loves all things London. He has a full wall Underground map in his bedroom. Big Ben bedlinen. A bowler hat light shade.
We’ve been to London before but they were much younger then. We had a great time apart from Ted braining himself on a railing whilst boarding a river cruise.Continue reading
Again. And so quickly!
But I’m glad to say that, in the words of Nina Simone, Michael Bublé or Muse, I am, indeed, feeling good.
Today the foul weather has broken and the sky is a pale powder blue free of the dark storm clouds that have been troubling us, which is a fitting image for the way things have been panning out in our lives this month.Continue reading