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Our big adoption friendly / attachment aware school choice gamble.

Almost three years ago, we met our fabulous children and started family life together. While in the throes of building a family relationship and surviving instant parenting of a 1 & 3 year old, we were pressured by our children's social worker to select and apply for our daughters school place fairly early into our placement. Under time pressure, not knowing many local families with school aged children and being fairly emotionally exhausted, I will admit to doing fairly limited local research… visiting one school...

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Our big adoption friendly / attachment aware school choice gamble.

The Diagnosis

It’s been one week since my son was diagnosed at St Thomas’ with ASD (Autism), ADHD, ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder) and major emotional regulation difficulties.  He was diagnosed by a panel consisting of a Paediatrician, Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Speech and Language Therapist and Occupational Therapist who spent 3 hours assessing him.  They were thorough, professional and understanding.  

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The Diagnosis

Somebody Else's Child.

We have been given somebody else's child!

That fact is astonishing.

We have been given what has to be the most valuable gift one could ever receive, the gift of a human being - a life. 

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Somebody Else's Child.

In the eyes of the beholder.

I have just come me home from a wedding where one of the guests leaned across the table  and asked "Is that your daughter running around?" When I answered in the affirmative she triumphantly announced to the table "I knew it! She is the absolute image of you! It's like someone has taken a blue print of you and put it into a little person.”

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In the eyes of the beholder.

Reawakening - Tiara 2

When booking a recent holiday to DisneyWorld, my partner searched online for recommendations of essential things to do, and regardless of how inappropriate I felt it would be for our family he duly booked 'Dinner with the Disney Princesses'.

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Reawakening - Tiara 2

Daddies are bad.

Daddies are bad because they say the mushroom pool is closed for swimming because they want to go the heated warm one instead.

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Daddies are bad.

My Summer of WAF

I want to thank We Are Family for building such an incredibly supportive network of adoptive parents because I am blown away by the families I now have in my life. 

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My Summer of WAF

7 Years

My mother lived to just 62, far too young of course and her death seemed illogical and unjust at the time. However, just how young she was is only now starting to sink in - more than 16 years later.

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7 Years

Seeing school through troubled eyes - PAC-UK’s latest launch

‘We can’t closely supervise 31 children. We can’t tell 31 sets of parents what their child has done each day. We can’t treat him differently…

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Seeing school through troubled eyes - PAC-UK’s latest launch

Not in front of the children.

We were getting to the end of our assessment and panel was rapidly approaching, it had been long, intense and surprisingly emotional. We had a great social worker who we felt we got along with very well and who we found to be professional and very capable.

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Not in front of the children.

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