The Adoption and Fostering Podcast
Episode 71 - Regionalisation (RAAs) with Scott & Al

Episode 71 - Regionalisation (RAAs) with Scott & Al

September 21, 2019

In what was meant to be a brief chat we dig down on the Government's Regionalisation agenda. We asked some questions, did a twitter poll and considered some of the challenges, benefits, questions, worries and hopes that we all have in the UK in relation this cunning plan. 

Here's a some links to the documents that we reference:

Adoption: a vision for change

Evaluation of regional adoption agencies

The Adoption Barometer

As always a review on iTunes would be welcomed here.

 

 

 

Adoptee Conversations - Dawn H

Adoptee Conversations - Dawn H

September 14, 2019

In this episode we speak to Dawn H a 25 year old UK adoptee. As a blogger she has written come moving and insightful posts on her blog here. In this conversation Dawn shares her story and some of the challenges that she's experienced. She also shares insights as to the impact of adoption in different aspects of her life including dating and she discusses holding the tensions of two sets of parents, growing up with the biological children of her adoptive parents and wider views on adoption. 

As always, there are some challenging issues so be mindful of this as you decide if it's ok to listen too what is an insightful conversation. 

We hope you find it interesting and if you’re an adoptee and would like to share your perspective or experience then please do direct message us at our twitter feed here or on our facebook page here.

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Episode 70 - New Term InfoBanter with Scott & Al

Episode 70 - New Term InfoBanter with Scott & Al

September 7, 2019

So, new term, new beginnings. This week we reflect on the summer and get slightly lost in the info banter. 

We did a small poll on Twitter in relation to anticipation of the new school starting. With the summer at an end and the new academic year we asked people how they were feeling as they head into the new term. We go through some of the feedback as as well as commenting on the difference across some nations.

Scott chat's about his move from AUK and what the future holds and we generally discuss this and that.  

As always thank you for listening and if you're feeling warm and fluffy please do leave a review on iTunes to inflate our delicate egos, click here.

Episode 69 - An Interview with Brigid Featherstone

Episode 69 - An Interview with Brigid Featherstone

August 24, 2019

In what is a summer episode we speak to Professor Brigid Featherstone regarding her recent co authored academic paper in the Journal of Child and Family Social Work, On hope, loss, anger and the spaces in between: Reflections on living with/in adoption and the role of the social workerThis builds on the earlier enquiry commissioned by BASW The role of the social worker in adoption – ethics and human rights: An Enquiry. 

We discuss a range of issues including safe spaces for discussion, information sharing, lives at risk, the negative impact of timescales and the voice of children. If you'd like to connect to Brigid through twitter and follow her you can here and she may be able to give access to the new report. 

There's limited infobanter as we're enjoying our hols. 

Adoptee Conversations - Black Sheep

Adoptee Conversations - Black Sheep

August 17, 2019

In this episode Black Sheep (a name that will be explained) describes her uncommon experience of being an adoptee who goes on to adopt. Black sheep, as a black child was a adopted into a white family and she discussed a wide range of issues that she faced growing up as well as she went on to reunion with many of her immediate birth family members. The conversation then moves on to her decision to adopt and the challenges thereafter. 

We hope you find it interesting and if you’re an adoptee and would like to share your perspective or experience then please do direct message us at our twitter feed here or on our facebook page here.

 

 

Episode 68 - An Interview with Andrew Christie

Episode 68 - An Interview with Andrew Christie

August 10, 2019

In this episode Al has an interview with Andrew Christie the Chair of the Adoption & Special Guardian Leadership Board. We ask some listener's questions in relation to the measuring of the number of children returning to care from adoptive homes, international concerns, social worker retention, RAAs and more. He also considers collating data on children returning to care from adoptive homes and also transracial adoption placements, with the UK having no data on either of theses issues currently.  During the interview Andrew explains his hopes for involvement of UK adoptees in consulting and contributing to the Leadership Board's work.

To that end here is the email address that he's provided for those that would be interested in participating in that speciific consultation to let the board know through the email address below. 

ASGLB@coram.org.uk

As always there's a little infobanter from them lads and Scott becomes quite animated. 

 

 

 

Adoptee Conversations - Dawn

Adoptee Conversations - Dawn

August 3, 2019

Hello & welcome to Adoptee Conversations from the adoption and fostering podcast. 

In this episode, Al chats to Dawn an adult adoptee and she shares her experience of being adopted in the late 1960s. 

Dawn describes her strength of feeling about adoption from a young age, her decision to seek out her brith parents and how adoption had impacted her and her family throughout her life. 

We hope you find it interesting and if you’re an adoptee and would like to share your perspective or experience then please do direct message us at our twitter feed here or on our facebook page here.

Episode 67 - An interview with Cat McGill

Episode 67 - An interview with Cat McGill

July 27, 2019

In this episode of the podcast Al speaks to adopter, musician and author of 'Me, the Boy, and The Monster: Exploring the psychology of adoption and trauma' as well as an upcoming book to accompany her CD and national tour. You can access Cat's website here for all the information on the August tour dates. Cat discussed the science behind the benefits of music as well as some of her own experiences as a parent and with working with children with special needs. 

As always, there's also #infobanter and chatter from Scott and Al, with the added excitement of a small person breaking into the podcast. 

We've added a snippet of one of Cat's songs as an outro, so I do hope you enjoy.  

Thank you for listening and if you're feeling warm and fluffy please do leave a review on iTunes to inflate our delicate egos, click here.

Adopter Stories - #17 Devin

Adopter Stories - #17 Devin

July 20, 2019

In this episode of #AdopterStories Devin shares his journey with his husband through early permanence. It's a challenging story, and may be upsetting for some so listen with caution. 

Devin describes the complexity of an unsuccessful plan for them but positive outcome for a child, the aftermath on the couple and their journey onto trying again. 

There is a little audio judder in the middle, it's brief so be brave and push through. 

As always if you've a story you want to share either anonymously or not then please do get in touch to have a chat about it. 

Adoption Stories - Graham / Pam

Adoption Stories - Graham / Pam

July 19, 2019

In an unexpected twist of scheduling we've dropped a little podcast treat to set you up for the summer holidays!

In the first Graham, an adoptee, talks about his discovery of being adopted and his journey to try and find answers to his questions. 

We then talk to Pam, a birth mother, who shares her story of losing her child to adoption and her subsequent experiences and road to reunion.

Both stories are challenging and contain accounts of difficult and upsetting experiences. As always, listener caution is advised as the subject matter may be upsetting.

If you've a story you'd like to share then please get in touch with us through the Facebook page here or the Twitter Feed here.