Another school year is upon us, and many of us will be back into the fray, fighting for the support our children need. Knowing how to advocate for your child is a vital skill we need to hone. After 10 years on the frontline, these are my top tips to help you.Continue reading
Let’s start at the very beginning
Our adoption support fund story starts pretty much the way this website started, in Starbucks, over coffee.
Pip was telling me about the ASF and I had a slack jawed expression and the feeling of a very useful door opening.Continue reading
As promised in my last post, today I’m going to signpost you to a whole host of resources for the Adoption Support Fund.Continue reading
I was going to start this post with the statement “I’m sure you’ve heard of the Adoption Support Fund (ASF)”. I then realised that assumption may not be true.
Our children have been home for 10 and 9 years respectively. Yet it’s only in the last 18 months or so that we’ve been accessing the ASF. So it really could be the case that you are an adoptive parent who hasn’t heard of this fund. Someone who could use some therapeutic input for your family. But maybe someone who has no idea how to that support and how to pay for it!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