Suggested reading for adoptive parents, especially those considering trans-racial adoption.

Useful also for parents wishing to bring up children to be inclusive and knowledgeable. Preparing to adopt has a requirement to increase your knowledge and preparation. it can be very overwhelming to know where to start. I have therefore picked 8 key books I think will be a great start, in your learning. How to … Continue reading Suggested reading for adoptive parents, especially those considering trans-racial adoption.

what adopters need to consider prior to adopting a child trans-racially.

This may seem a bit controversial but I believe, as a transracially adopted adult and a twice adopted parent, in an ideal world all children would be placed with at least one parent from a similar background. However I know that currently with the low number of black and ethnic minority adopters and the significant … Continue reading what adopters need to consider prior to adopting a child trans-racially.

Planning and preparing for introductions

Getting to know her! The Match Once you are approved as adopters you will hopefully be matched to a child. The child’s social worker is likely to have had a range of families to consider and chosen you. They will have balanced a range of circumstances such as where you live, your skills, your family … Continue reading Planning and preparing for introductions

What You Can Do to develop and Nurture Empathy in Your Adopted Toddler?

Why is Empathy Important? Empathy is beneficial in almost every aspect of daily life. It allows children to have compassion for others, relate to friends, loved ones, and it has a large beneficial impact on their social development and skills. Empathise with your child. For example, “Are you feeling worried about missing out the party if you go to sleep … Continue reading What You Can Do to develop and Nurture Empathy in Your Adopted Toddler?

Talking to your parents and in-laws.

Flying with Grandpa The family will be a crucial part of your adoption journey and hopefully you will be able to count on their support. If you are fortunate enough to have engaged grandparents, they will be invaluable as your adoptive children grow up. If you don’t have parents locally or are sadly bereaved, are … Continue reading Talking to your parents and in-laws.

We asked several adoptive parents about their experience. They kindly shared their joys, their lives and challenges.

  1.What is the gender of your adopted children and how old were they when they came to live with you? a-My little boy was 10 1/2 months when he came to us and was in care from 2 days old. He’s amazing and has totally changed my life! b-One Female, she came to me … Continue reading We asked several adoptive parents about their experience. They kindly shared their joys, their lives and challenges.

I have been triggered as a trans-racial adoptee!

Watching America cities burn has really triggered me. It makes me really sad and anxious about the future. I recall my own worst experience of racism. It is by far less dramatic than the actions of police officers on unarmed black people. But still difficult. I was trans-racially adopted and when i was growing up … Continue reading I have been triggered as a trans-racial adoptee!

Finding the best agency UK

Finding the best agency UK Which kind of agency? Consider whether you want to apply to Local Authority, Voluntary Adoption, or Regional Adoption Agency (consortium) or an independent agency.  Local Authority – an administrative body in local government, providing adoption services.  Independent Voluntary Adoption Agency – VAAs are independent, usually not for profit organisations which are smaller than … Continue reading Finding the best agency UK