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You Can Adopt – it’s rewarding like nothing else!

The #YOUCANADOPT campaign has been created by a cross sector of Regional Adoption Agencies, Voluntary Adoption Agencies and other key stakeholders around adoption in England, supported by the Department for Education. The campaign aims to change perceptions around adoption by breaking down common myths and ensuring people feel eligible and capable to adopt. Additionally, the campaign aims to target potential…

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Closer and Stronger

Adopt London, has teamed up with award winning film animation company My Pockets to encourage special guardianship families and adopters to access support from some of the leading agencies in the UK, during the COVID-19 pandemic . My Pockets have worked for a number of years with young people and families in all kinds of situations making films…

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A letter to Adopt London families

We are writing to you- adoptive families, prospective adopters and adopted adults, because we want to find a way to acknowledge the massive significance of the death of George Floyd in our society, and the heartache and anger caused. We are sure that this and the protests which have resulted have been forefront in most of our minds over the…

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A dad’s story for Father’s Day

Like many Londoners, Paul* migrated from his hometown in the north to work and build a new life for himself. With a fantastic career and social life, Paul tells us how he – a black, single LGBT man – made his dream to be a father a reality. ‘I always knew I wanted to adopt a child, right from when…

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At Grandparents Plus, we’re the leading kinship care charity and we’re here for you.

At Kinship we are working hard during the health crisis to support families who have specific concerns and needs. We are pleased to work with Grandparents Plus – the kinship care charity, to support your kinship family through the pandemic and its aftermath. Kinship Response is the Grandparents Plus membership service for all special guardians in your local authority during…

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The Big Wind by NATP

Here is a really insightful and realistic message to parents who are living through the COVID19 restrictions and isolation period with their adopted or special guardianship children. It gives us all permission to acknowledge our own vulnerability during these very unusual times. This message is written by The National Association of Therapeutic Parents (NATP). Adopt London and NATP are…

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Mum Beverley in COVID-19 lock down

In this blog we hear from a single mother Beverley*, in ‘lock down’ with her 4 year old, trying not to go stir crazy, trying to keep her daughter off of the iPad and away from the TV for hours on end, realistic that teaching isn’t for the majority! Hoping that some work might come in to keep her…

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Coronavirus, a book for children from Nosy Crow

With the current Government guidelines to stay at home, it can be tricky to explain this to some adopted children – who may already be anxious and confused by the new rules and routine. So we’ve picked up a new information book especially for children aged 5 – 9 years old, from publishers Nosy Crow. Written by staff within…

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A mother’s story

‘She’s not my real mum, you know’   It was said so casually – a matter-of-fact statement that temporarily stopped the room. It was just me and my youngest daughter visiting my mum; the eldest and her dad having stayed in London. This was our first visit to nanny’s without them – I’d made the most of enjoying…

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Helping children during COVID-19 containment period

There is a lot happening in our world right now that can cause many of us to feel anxious, especially the current Coronavirus (Covid 19). Children and young people may be feeling scared or confused by all the changes happening to their routine, which can be unsettling. So with the help from our friends at Aspire Adoption Services and…

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We have a little boy who we are incredibly proud of

Steven and Jason* had always wanted to adopt, living in a one bedroom flat, they knew things needed to change – and after one adoption information evening they were hooked and almost overnight, their flat was up for sale and they started looking at three-bedroom family houses! Between them, Steven and Jason tell their story. “We were really motivated to start the…

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Maisy made our happy family complete!

For many years Helen spent her time looking after children; either at work or as a foster carer for children with disabilities. She loved the rewards of both and especially enjoyed being around children, and it was these experiences that motivated Helen* and husband Marc* to adopt a child of their own. With the help of their adoption social workers…

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Radish – a child’s story about adoption

Radish by AJ Oliver This is a book about a little hare and his adoption story, beautifully written by AJ Oliver. The book is a journey from a chaotic and harmful home life with his birth family to his new family – and all the characters he meets along the way. There’s Sparrow; his social worker, Barney, the wise owl…

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Patrick, adopted adult, finds his family in the US

  Patrick has very clear memories of the difficult and sad times surrounding his adoption. He was four years old and living in a children’s home where he remembers, among other things, being strapped into a highchair which left him with delayed mobility.    His was a two-year process and, during those two years, he was allowed to spend time with…

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