21 November 2014, by We Are Family
During a somewhat drawn-out tour of our local secondary school before making the final choices for our eldest daughter for next year, our youngest, after an hour and a half, obviously decided it was time she cut in on the action.
Lightly touching a maths teacher’s arm to gain her attention, and stopping her in mid-flow, our daughter piped up: “I can go to ANY secondary school I want to when I’m old enough…cos I’m adopted!”
14 November 2014, by We Are Family
We are watching something together when the younger brother walks back into the room, I look up as he enters and immediately notice his posture and his slow, determined walk - it's positively regal - and then I see that he is wearing one of his favourite possessions - his Tiara.
07 November 2014, by We Are Family
Fifteen months ago I held a not baby shower at our local lido. The not is important. I was neither having a baby nor wanting a baby shower. But it seemed fitting to mark the start of my new life, and bid farewell to the old one. It was a lovely gathering in which close family and friends shared their tips for the future.
Two weeks later I headed west to meet my seven year old daughter for the first time.
31 October 2014, by We Are Family
This post first appeared on the 1st April on the brilliant The Adoption Social. No, it's not an April's Fool.
24 October 2014, by We Are Family
Last Saturday the charity Open Nest held their first conference 'Taking Care' in York. A host of august adoption speakers were there. I am proud that we were invited too. It was a room full mainly of adopters, but also of adoptees, social workers and other professionals.
17 October 2014, by We Are Family
Reflecting back over my husband’s and my experiences of the adoption process from preparation and assessment through to being matched and Introductions, it strikes me that every step of the way we would have benefited from some basic tips; a kind of “How To… “guide to get us through some of the more challenging aspects of it all.
10 October 2014, by We Are Family
From the moment we started introducing our new sons to friends and family, something bothered me greatly and over time my initial frustration has grown.
We are not wealthy, but being older more financially secure parents we have stability and a lifestyle that we have had plenty of child free (DINKY) years to work towards.
03 October 2014, by We Are Family
The first time it happened, I felt it like a pole-axe. “That ain’t even your kid” yelled the woman over her shoulder as she barged past us in the street. I held it together until we got to the playground where we were meeting friends, then burst into tears. Furious on my behalf, one friend insisted, “but she is your child”, in truth although I had felt she was my daughter since some time during introductions, I was still very much aware that until we had the adoption order, anything could happen, and our little family felt fragile.