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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.