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Welcome to Conversations from the Adoption & Fostering podcast. This week we are talking to Shushma an adoptive parent. Shushma's story is unconventional in relation to fostering and transracial adoption and certainly raises questions about finding the right family for children regardless of how that looks. It's a short episode and you can find a l…
 
In this episode we speak to Sandy Harper who is looking to carry out research on the impact of fostering on foster carers. We're also joined by, friend of the show and foster carer, Ema Mortimer to offer some lived experience and insight. Sandy would like to hear from foster carers about what stresses and challenges they experience, and what streng…
 
In this, a podcast special, Scott and Jacob interview the author of the book 'Foster Boy'. Rhian is a social worker in CAHMS and this is her first book reflection her knowledge and experience of children's experiences in care. You can buy the books here https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fosterboy-Rhian-Taylor/dp/183816202X https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/…
 
This was the first episode in our mini series - “How’s your Lockdown Hun”. There were some slight audio issues for Scott in this episode, and therefore we have attempted to improve the sound quality… however, it still sounds like Scott is in a tin can in outer space. Polly Penter is our first guest, and more than makes up for Scott’s audio. Sharing…
 
Hi, in this episode we get the smashing Dr Marie Kershaw on to answer listener's questions. It'a a lighthearted but really helpful and informed conversation and we were delighted to have her back on after a four year gap! Thanks for all the questions we received, we hopefully were able to consider them all in the ones we asked and as Marie notes, w…
 
In our final “How’s your Lockdown Hun?” Scott chatted to childhood friend, Westend star and adult adoptee Shone White. Talking candidly like friends would in the Pub (remember them) they talk all things Lockdown, and how it has affected Shona and her counterparts in the arts. As ever, the technophobe Scott couldn’t work out how to do various things…
 
Welcome to Conversations from the Adoption & Fostering podcast. This week we are talking to Thelma a graduate of the Pause Programme. Thelma shares some of her experience of being in care and having some of her children in care. Thelma is also works as a peer mentor with Pause and supports other parents with similar experiences. It's a short episod…
 
In what can only be described as experimental podcasting Scott has branched out on his own to chat to a few folks with lived experience of adoption and fostering to as how they've faired in Lockdown. In episode 2 of “How’s your Lockdown Hun?” – we have fixed Scott’s audio issues…. and Scott chatted to Daniel, an adopted adult. The plan was to talk …
 
This week we speak to the CEO of Adoption Focus Anna Sharkey, Scott had asked her on to speak to us in relation to early permanence and foster to adopt. Anna runs the Triangle Project as part of Adoption Focus and she speak with authority in relation to the work that they do, how and why the do it and detail about some of the challenges. Anna is ge…
 
Welcome to Conversations from the Adoption & Fostering podcast. This week we are talking to Whitney, a 22 year old Care Experienced Adult. We came across Whitney on Social Media, when she posted openly and honestly about her experience of being permanently excluded from education, with images of reports and information (that she had carefully conce…
 
In this week's #WednesdayWebcast we chat to Adele Bates a teacher, speaker, writer and educator for students with emotional and behavioural difficulties. In what can only be described as 'freewheeling' conversation Adele shares some of her journey to specialising as she does and how her own experience of difference has given her insight to the expe…
 
This week we're really pleased to speak to Beverly Barnett-Jones MBE from the Nufield Family Justice Observatory. We invited her on to speak about the research that she's been undertaking in looking at updating the contact system to a digital one. We chat about all kinds of stuff before we get to that including the #CareReview and early support for…
 
Hello and welcome to conversations from the adoption and fostering podcast. In this episode we’re sharing the seminar that Dawn Harker gave at our recent online converence. It was really insightful and everyone who heard it noted how it had opened their eyes to new perspectives on the adoptees views. It was so good we felt that it was a shame to no…
 
In this week's #WednesdayWebcast, a half term special, we chat to former teacher, trainer and life coach guru Ruth all things about emotional intelligence including how to build and develop it in yourself. Self-awareness is a key part of parenting and especially caring for children with challenging behaviour. It's a really helpful chat and very tho…
 
After several weeks of serious guests we take slight detour and unpick some of the issues that have been floating round the news recently. We chat about the short twitter poll we took considering the impact of adoption on adopters relationships. Al Blagged his way onto the ASGLB away day and reports back and think about Special Guardians as well as…
 
In this week's #WednesdayWebcast we chat to Fran Lucas and Ellie Costello from Square Pegs and we talk about barriers to school attendance. It's an issue that faces many families for a broad range of reasons. We talk about how it is framed, described and dealt with be schools as well as considering the primary focus of Square Pegs which is to campa…
 
Hello and welcome to conversations from the adoption and fostering podcast. In this episode we speak to Ahmed, he arrived in the Uk aged 14 unaccompanied and found himself living on the streets. He shares his experiences of foster care and the immigration process. It’s his story and perspective and opens a window into an area that we’ve not looked …
 
In this week's #WednesdayWebcast we chat about the impact of challenging behaviour and give a little preview to the practice day we're holding as below: Practice/Learning Half day - 12th MarchManaging Challenging and Aggressive Behaviour.Tickets start from £25.00 - book yours now - as limited spaces.eventbrite.co.uk/e/135339717739 As always, thanks…
 
We chat to Hugh Thornbery the Chair of Trustees of Become, consultant to the ASLB and former CEO of Adoption UK. Hugh has been involved in the adoption sector for several years and share with us the genesis of the current policy and political position on adoption as well as his reflections from his time as the CEO of Adoption UK and working with th…
 
This week we chat to Jane Pickthall, virtual school head, and she reflects on the learning and challenges that many young people face who are also fostered and previously looked after. Jane discussed the work that she does to ensure that school is a safe environment for children and how she has built a multidisciplinary team within her virtual scho…
 
Welcome to conversations from the Adoption & Fostering podcast In this conversation Scott has a really interesting discussion with Birth Mum Charlotte and Adoptive Mum Kerrie. It is a unique story, and one that left him speechless. Charlotte and Kerrie have established a relationship in the hope of it benefitting their son, and what began as a face…
 
This week we speak to Helen Townsend from Beacon House, she comes on to share the work that they do as well as point us to the broad range of free resources that they create for families that live with vulnerable children that have experienced trauma, loss and separation. Helen also discusses how to help families caught up in lockdown challenges an…
 
In this week's episode we have an exclusive chat with the Adoption and Special Guardianship Board's new Chair Krish Kandiah (@KrishK). It's his first interview since coming into the role and we put to him as many of the questions that had been sent to us as time would allow. We asked specific questions in relation to his experience as well as his v…
 
We've started up the #WednsedayWebcast again as we're all at home bored. We thought we'd start with Stuart(@stuart_guest) Headteacher and adoptive parent as he can offer some insights into the challenges of maintaining education both at home and school. We chat about a broad range of different challenges that many families are facing as well as off…
 
Hello and welcome to conversations from the adoption and fostering podcast. Earl and his wife are US citizens living in the UK and in this episode they share their story of their unconventional route to adoption in the UK. Earl has also written an account of their journey "Our Road to Adoption: The Story of our Family and the Great Family of God"an…
 
Happy New Year! In this Episode we take a leap of faith and Scott and Al invite our better halves onto the podcast. We look at the impact of parenting on relationships. With us considering how we manage stress differently, the challenge of working with other professional and the unexpected twists and turns of adoptive parenting. It is a candid epis…
 
In this, our fifth Christmas special, we planned to unwrap the festive season with a light hearted banter filled episode on the joys of fostering and adoption in the Christmas season. However, in what can only be described as a flurry of controversy we get drawn into the leaked/botched ASF announcement (huzzah, good news!) as well as Becky's views …
 
Hello and welcome to conversations from the adoption and fostering podcast. In this episode Angela shares her story shares her story of losing two children to adoption. It a difficult story to listen to and raises challenging issues from a range of perspectives. As such we advise caution before listening, you can get in touch and see further develo…
 
In what is a UK and England centric #WednesdayWebcast we catch up on what has been a busy news week, as short and to the point podcast. We chat about the new appointee to the Adoption & Special Guardianship Leadership Board and consider the challenges set before them. Also, we consider the lack of news in relation to the continuation of the Adoptio…
 
In this episode we chat to Sarah Lloyd who has developed the Buss model of physiotherapy for children who experienced early adversity. She brings with her Parents Ruth Coppin and Vicky Holland and they share their experience of utilising the model and the benefits that it brought to their children. There's a link to her book here. It's a great inte…
 
Welcome to conversations from the Adoption & Fostering podcast In this conversation I talk with Lucy. Lucy is a transracial adoptee, and contacted us following our Wednesday webcasts wanting to share her story. Lucy tells us more background into her own experience – being born in Hong Kong and adopted and subsequently raised by white british parent…
 
In this episode we wrap up our conference feedback, and get drawn into what has been a busy old news week. The outgoing Children's Commissioner has made some pretty honest remarks that lead us into fostering recruitment. From there we consider the ongoing government spending review, the Article 39 ruling on the Covid amendments to social care legis…
 
In this episode of Conversations Shama shares her experience of adopting with her husband. Over eight years they adopted four children all in very different circumstances. As always, it Shama's story and we've purposely focused on that so the episode reflects her experience. If you'd like to share your experience and perspective on adoption, from a…
 
In this episode we speak to Dr Peter Jakob, Clinical Psychologist, Family Therapist and Director of PartnershipProjects. We focus on his work as an Non Violence Practitioner and discuss some of the underlying challenges many families face in managing challenging or self destructive behaviour. The discussion focuses on some aspects of NVR and looks …
 
In this episode we speak to adoptive mum Jess. She shares her experience of navigating the the adoption process with her husband and the subsequent arrival of her children. It's a personal account and reflects her views and experiences from her perspective. If you'd like to share your story or views then please get in touch through our Facebook pag…
 
In this episode we catch up with a few responses to the Security of State's recent comments during #NAW. A few social workers got in touch and we consider their views, we also look at the ADCS's response. From there we also consider what assessments look like the challenges for practitioners, the National Minimum Standards and the impact of power d…
 
In this episode Phil share his family's journey from deciding to become foster carers to moving into adoption. It's not been without it's challenges but Phil's enthusiasm and passion is clear as he share his family's story. As always, it Phil's story and we've purposely focused on that so the episode reflects his experience. If you'd like to share …
 
In this Episode we welcome the CEO of Adoption UK Sue Armstrong Brown. We had invited her on a while back and it was arranged for this week, little did we know what a news rich week it would be with the announcement from Gavin Williamson set in the context of research released on RAAs as well as the quarterly date for adoption in 19/20. We did star…
 
On the eve of National Adoption Week we have a very short chat about that and the imminent arrival of the new chair of the Adoption and Special Guardianship Leadership Board. We then move onto the main focus which is a conversation with Clare Laxton from Pause. They work supporting birth mothers who have had their children removed by the state and …
 
In this weeks episode we reflect across a few issues that have been floating around the adoption world. We unpick Adoption UK's "Adoption Barometer" and look at some of the headline issues raised in it. We also chat a little more in relation to social work practitioners views on the #YouCanAdopt campaign as well as some stuff that we’ve been doing …
 
In this, the last of our Wednesday Webcasts on race and racism, we speak to Susan Cousins and she shares her experience, views and insights to the impact of transracial and trans national adoption. You can follow Susan here on twitter and access her book here You can also see the webchat as well as the other stuff we do at our FB page here. As alwa…
 
This week we chat about the ever so trick issue of adoption introductions. It's a defining moment for many adopters as they meet their children for the first time and begin their lives together and it is also the end of a foster carers journey of care. Where two contrasting experience meet we have children who are trying to make sense of all of thi…
 
It this webcast Al spoke to Fran in relation to her experience of being a black single woman and her journey to adoption. She describes some of the challenges she faces in relation to matching and culture as well as some perspectives on barriers to the black community coming forward to adopt. We continued chatting after the webcast ended for a few …
 
On this week's episode we speak adoptive parent Laura and she shares some of the challenges that she faced, with her husband, as they sought to be approved as adopters. She also shares their experience of introductions and becoming a parent. If you’ve a story of care or adoption and would like to share your perspective or experience then please do …
 
Webcast: Transracial AdoptionIn this webcast we speak to Marie Louise and Larry and they share their experience of being transracial adoptive parents. We chat about a range of issues including preparation, assessment, the challenges of supporting a child of a different ethnicity and issues of racism. Like all the webcasts it's too short and there w…
 
We slow it all down a little and reflect on all that's happened and all that we've learnt over the summer as well as comment on the joys of return to school. There's a few reflections on the fraught discussion around language over the last few weeks on social media and we dance onto the thin ice of representation on the Adoption and Special Guardia…
 
Continuing our webcasts we chat to Twayna Mayne and she shares her views and experience of transracial adoption. We chat about the impact of growing up with a parent that doesn't share your ethnicity and the challenges that can bring. Twayna is open and honest in her views and we discuss a broad range of related topics. As usual, there was a lot mo…
 
In this episode we speak to Emma Sutton, she shares her story of coming to adoption and the challenges and experience of assessment, matching and starting a new life. It’s her story and reflects an honest and insightful understanding of her experience. You can find out more about her story in her book here. If you’ve a story of care or adoption and…
 
In this week's Wednesday Webcast we start to look at other issues that impact on adoption, specifically race and racism following the BlackLivesMatter campaigns that have developed over the summer. We chat to Satwinder Sandhu the CEO of The International Adoption Centre and social worker. He opens up the discussion in relation to systemic issues th…
 
With this being the 100th 'Episode' we though it only right to get our good old friend Becky on. We aspire to draw together all the challenges in relation to education and we certainly cover some ground: children, parent and teacher anxiety, behaviour policies, SEN guidance, lockdown, how is this going to work, Flexi teaching, homeschooling and mor…
 
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