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Links We Like

These are some web-based resources that we have found helpful. Some relate directly to adoption, other are some general parenting sites that we think are also useful in the context of adoption.

Adoption or Fostering specific sites:

Adoption UK - National adoption charity who supports adoptive families throughout the UK

Beacon House - Amazing organisation that does great training, and it well worth the short hop to Dunstable near Luton just outside London.

Braveheart Adoption Support - an organisation that focuses on supporting looked after and adopted kids in school. Loads of good advice. And downloadable material.

Bryan Post’s Great Behaviour Breakdown site - a parenting site, by adoptee, adopters and foster parent, Bryan Post, esp for challenging behaviour.

Coram and CoramBaaf - CoramBAAF Adoption & Fostering Academy is the leading membership organisation dedicated to improving outcomes for children and young people in care.

Deborah Grey - of nurturing attachments has her own website, full of good ideas.

Family Futures - a London-based adoption agency for children aged 3+ who also offer post adoption support services and a variety of training courses.

First for Adoption - a site dedicated adoption information service for people interested in adopting a child in England.

Home for Good - a Christian organisation that promotes adoption and fostering; in particular they raise awareness of the need for foster and adoptive parents and encourage families to provide loving homes for the children in care.

Life Story Works - a social worker and an adopter got together to create a website full of advice.

Joy Rees on life story work - Rees’ own website focused on life story work. With downloadable examples.

Mumdrah - single mum about her life with her daughter. In her own words: 'how to mop up pain, outwit rage, and change fate.' Recently she has started a single adopters' blog round up: SiABlo. Brutally honest and insigthful.

The Open Nest - In two words: Respite care!!! A wonderful organisation.

PAC-UK - Therapy, advice, support, counselling and training for all those affected by adoption and permanency.

Parenting Advice for Foster Carers and Adopters PAFCA - a membership website with wide ranging advice)

Rewire your Future - this is a YouTube link to video by UK GBB trainer Zach Gomm. Lots of short videos with tons of understanding and practical suggestions.

The Potato Group - parents of traumatised adopted teens organization follow them on Twitter too.

Adoption-friendly parenting sites:

Calm the Chaos - a parenting site and short course, from Dayna Abraham, all about supporting 'out of the box' children.

Dr Laura Markham’s Aha parenting - bags of sound and calm advice for children of all ages.

Dr Daniel Hughes - The father of DDP, a grand old man in the adoption world.

Hand in Hand Parenting - listening by connection, a fresh look at the healing powers of listening.

Janet Lansbury Respectful Infact Educaring - especially useful for 0-3, but useful throughout childhood for ‘think toddler’ approach.

Larry Cohen’s Playful parenting site - the healing of play and roughhousing explained by a warm and funny guy! Inspirational!

Lives in the Balance - Dr Ross Greene's website. The is the author behind the hugely useful The Explosive Child - A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frsutrated. Chronically Inflexible Children.

Theraplay - Theraplay has proven useful for many adoptive families. Here’s one institution who educate theraplay therapists.

The Bridge - This edition of The Bridge offers short thought-provoking articles citing peer reviewed journal entries which encapsulate a number of studies. The subjects range from social media help for self-harmers, possible interventions for lonely young people and difficulties for young people relating to gender identification.

There is a w description of a therapy known as Parent-Child Interaction Therapy Emotion Development (PCIT-ED) which had some positive results for parents. It’s worth knowing about this as a possible therapeutic intervention.

General Links:

ChildLine - 0800 1111: get info and advice about a wide range of issues, talk to a counsellor online. You can also send Childline an email or post on the message boards.

National Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Children - The NSPCC is the UK's leading children's charity, preventing abuse and helping those affected to recover