Episode 8 - Preparation and Assessment (interview with John Simmonds and Jon Hyde)

January 22, 2017

This week we talk focus on the preparation and matching process for adoptive parents. 

Scott and I speak to a recently approved adopter, Jon,  who discussed his experience and thoughts on the process and preparation. I then chat to John Simmonds, Director of Policy, Research and Development, who worked on the assessment formats that adopters in the UK go through. 

As always there's a raft of banter and chat between Scott and I and we reflect on the process and preparation in a wider sense. 


Episode 7 - Fostering & Adoption Podcast - An interview with Blair Mortimer Adoptee, Foster carer and Social Worker

January 7, 2017

This episode has an interview with Blair Mortimer, an adult adoptee,  Foster Carer and Social Worker. 

Blair discusses his experience of adoption, looking for his birth family and the work he does with other adult adoptees. 

Scott and I discuss our aims behind the Podcast as well as thoughts the hearing the voices of adoptees and future hopes.



Episode 6 - Hannah Meadows, Suddenly Mummy & an alternative Christmas Message from a special guest.

December 21, 2016

In a, hopefully, Christmassy episode Scott & I meet Suddenly Mummy and talk Foster Care finances and unionisation and Hannah Meadows raises the issue of Self Care.

Is 'Self Care' a rational approach to caring for children who have experience loss and trauma or just namby pamby fluff and nonsense? We ask the questions so you don't have to.

As always Scott adds wisdom, insight and banter. 

We finish with an alternative Christmas message from a very special mystery guest. 

I appologise for the coughs, Internet bother, ringtones and general chaos as we experimented with the tecnology to have three way conversations. 

I hope you have a smashing Christmas break.

Here's the links for more info. 

@hlmeadows           hannahmeadows.com

@gayadoptiondad    gayadoptiondad.com

@suddenly_mummy suddenlymummy.blogspot.co.uk

@sallydwrites          sallydonovan.co.uk

@nadjasmit             alcoates.co.uk



Episode 5 - An interview with Andrew Christie Head of the Adoption Leadership Board

December 6, 2016

This week Andrew Christie, the new head of the Adoption Leadership Board, discussed the funtion of the board, and its aims and objectives. 

If you want to contact him and share your thoughts or views he kindly gave the following email address 


As usual there's a little adoption, and non adoption, chat, banter and thought from Scott Casson Rennie and me and we discuss the survey on Child Parent Violence, which can be found here


If you want any further information you can contact me through Misadventures of an Adoptive Dad blog here



Episode 4 - An interview with Brid Featherstone about the BASW Adoption Enquiry

November 20, 2016

A conversation with Brid Featherstone in about the ongoing Adoption Enquiry and a catch up with Scott Cassion-Rennie and a reflection on some of the issues raised. As always a bit of banter and a little bit of thought provoking. 

The review runs through til May 2017 and completed surveys will still be accepted after the closing date


You can find more exciting and interesting stuff here



Episode 3 - An interview with Helen Bonnick about CPV

November 7, 2016

This is an interview with Helen specifically looking at the issue of Child on Parent Violence (CPV). Questions and topics were drawn from discussions on Twitter and considered the impact on families and the professional response. 

If you want further information Helen can be contacted at www.holesinthewall.co.uk or through Twitter @helenbonnick


Episode 2 - Part 2 of the interview with Scott Casson Rennie and chat

October 24, 2016

This is the second part of an interview with Scott and we discuss LGBT adoption, Child Parent Violence and working in adoption. I also recap on a few things I've been up to this National Adoption Week.


Episode 1 - Conversation with Scott Casson Rennie - Part 1

October 12, 2016

Welcome to the first podcast. In this episode I have a conversation with Scott we stray into topics such as the latest adoption figures and the benefits of Adoption Panels. We talked for so long that we had to split the podcast.