A New Look for We Are Family

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We Are Family was founded in 2013 to provide peer support and community to adopters and prospective adopters. Since then, we’ve grown, changed and developed and we need a look and feel for our website and other communications that better reflects who we are now and what we’re doing as an organisation. The experience of parenting an adopted child with…

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Become a Friend of We Are Family

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We are Family is growing. Alongside our local and online support groups for parents, we run regular webinars, thematic groups and are developing a podcast among other projects to offer even more support to our members. We started on a shoestring budget, with adopters meeting up to give each other support from the basis of their lived experience. This sense…

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Challenging Professionals and Obtaining the Support Needed for Our Children

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For all my working life, I have proudly felt associated with a profession that offers support to families in their time of need. I qualified as a social worker in 1992, having worked as unqualified social worker for many years with children who had experienced adverse childhood experiences, now known as ACE, and childhood trauma, separation and loss. I have…

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Black Lives Matter: how am I driving?

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Someone posted a question the other day, on how other adoptive parents were doing when it came to talking to their children about racism in the wake of the recent Black Lives Matter events. The post came on a morning when I (white adoptive mum) had kept my son aged 5 (black) off school, on and off the toilet trying to do a poo disimpaction regime resulting from all the lockdown carbs. I swept up another lump of poo, wiped his feet where he had trodden in it and thought, “We could do this topic today while he is off school, but you know, what with lockdown and now bowels and all the adoption stuff, it feels like our diary is full.”

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Quiet

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At first we were all chatting, sending funny memes and dark-tinted jokes. Then we started to count our blessings and revel in our new-found freedom. We quizzed, we zoomed, we house-partied. Then there was the dread of returning to a difficult normality, and the challenges of transitioning. And now, it is so quiet.

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