The Adoption and Fostering Podcast
Episode 108 - The Corporate Parents, Court Rulings, Refused Adopters and Banter

Episode 108 - The Corporate Parents, Court Rulings, Refused Adopters and Banter

November 28, 2020

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 legislation and then wrap up some thought on the lazy newspaper trope of poor couples being not allowed to adopt. We comment of the lack of news on the ASF and fostering as a career. 

Scott reflects on the passion of Jan Slater, friend, colleague and adoption practitioner, and we try to ask some difficult questions of ourselves in relation to our lack of understanding of some people's perspectives. 

Here's links to the news articles we chatted about. 

Hertfordshire Mercury

Bristol Post

 

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Adoption Conversations: Shama

Adoption Conversations: Shama

November 21, 2020

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 any position, please get in touch through our Facebook page, Twitter feed or email aandfpodcast@gmail.com 

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Episode 107 - An interview with Dr Peter Jakob

Episode 107 - An interview with Dr Peter Jakob

November 14, 2020

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 at repairing connections and the impact of trauma on families. Peter hosts a podcast on NVR and you can find that here.

After the interview, Scott and Al are drawn into some #InfoBanter with chat about the recent Roundtable event Al attended, the three year recruitment strategy and those fostering ads. 

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Adoption Conversations - Jess

Adoption Conversations - Jess

November 7, 2020

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 page, Twitter feed or email aandfpodcast@gmail.com 

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Episode 106 -Practitioner views and Adoption Assessments

Episode 106 -Practitioner views and Adoption Assessments

October 31, 2020

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 dynamics. Of course there's the usual #Infobanter. 

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Adoption Conversations - Phil

Adoption Conversations - Phil

October 24, 2020

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 your experience and perspective on adoption, from any position, please get in touch through our Facebook page, Twitter feed or email aandfpodcast@gmail.com 

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Episode 105 - An interview with CEO of AUK Sue Armstrong Brown + #NAW2020

Episode 105 - An interview with CEO of AUK Sue Armstrong Brown + #NAW2020

October 17, 2020

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 start with chat about AUK’s Adoption Barometer that built on last year’s and produced some hard data that can be used as a lobbying tool. 

We also chatted about representation at the Adoption and Special Guardianship Leadership Board as well as the role and function of the board in the landscape. As always there was some banter and stretching of metaphors beyond breaking point.  We also discussed Scott and Al’s letter to the New Chair.

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Episode 104 - Pause and National Adoption Week

Episode 104 - Pause and National Adoption Week

October 10, 2020

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 are considered to be at risk of repeating that. Leading up to the chat we'd asked for lots of questions from Twitter and Facebook and we raised some of the points that had been shared with us. Within some circles they are controversial and we tired to reflect that in the discussions. 

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Episode 103 - Scott and Al, the Adoption Barometer, a conference, NVR and #YouCanAdopt

Episode 103 - Scott and Al, the Adoption Barometer, a conference, NVR and #YouCanAdopt

October 3, 2020

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 relation to that. Al Reflects on this recent NVR training and we discuss the upcoming inaugural National Conference that we’ve scheduled in for the 20th November. We also chat through some of the upcoming podcast stuff that we’re hoping to do. 

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Webcast: Susan Cousins author and transracial and trans national adopted adult

Webcast: Susan Cousins author and transracial and trans national adopted adult

October 1, 2020

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.
 
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