The Adoption and Fostering Podcast
Episode 64 - What’s in a Name? Stewardship and Adoptee Conversations

Episode 64 - What’s in a Name? Stewardship and Adoptee Conversations

June 15, 2019

In this week's episode Scott and Al unpick the thorny issue of names. Linked to belonging and ownership do they matter or not? We consider the findings of the mini poll we did about surnames and then consider them in the context of looking at alternative permanence arrangements that are discussed in this article HERE.

We also discuss the views of adoptees and how to bring them to a wider audience without curating or filtering them. 

Unfortunately, there's been a further 'incident' at Al's so listener beware this is discussed in the last few minutes and Scott becomes almost unconsolable with mirth at the recounting of the tale. 

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.

 

Adoptee Conversations - Polly

Adoptee Conversations - Polly

June 8, 2019

In this episode, I chat to Polly an adult adoptee  and she shares her views and perspectives on adoption.

Polly is frank about the challenges that she experienced as result of unsolicited contact from her birth family as well as the challenge of holding contrasting views of adoption and its processes. 

Some of the details of her story may be upsetting for listeners who have experience of adoption from whatever perspective  so we advise caution. If there’s any doubt then give it a pass or ask a friend to listen to screen it for you. 

We'd also like to say we invited Polly to come an share her experience and perspective and we'd like to thank her. We are not expecting her to speak for every adoptee and she does not purport to. It's her story and her perspective and as such we thank her for it and value it as such. 

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 or on our facebook page.

 

 

 

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Episode 63 - Prof Beth Neil & the CoramBAAF Contact Conference

Episode 63 - Prof Beth Neil & the CoramBAAF Contact Conference

June 1, 2019

This is an unusual episode as Prof Beth Neil takes the reigns and talks us through the recent CoramBAAF conference on ‘Contact in adoption in the digital age: Where do we go from here?’ that went ahead on the 10th May. Beth and her team kindly interviewed a range of presenters from the conference including adopters, professionals and a birth mother and they are interspersed though the podcast.

The discussion reflects on some of the key points that were drawn from the conference by the contributors and Beth adds some context and highlights key elements of learning that attendees took from the day.

There's a little banter, a barking dog and the one or two audio glitches but nothing that makes it unlistenable. If you want to find out more on the research that the University of East Anglia has undertaken then please check out this website.

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Adopter Stories - #15 Suzanne

Adopter Stories - #15 Suzanne

May 25, 2019

In this episode Suzzanne shares her story of adopting as a single woman and her story of supporting her child as he moves into adulthood.

If you'd like to share your story then please get in touch through the Adoption & Fostering Podcast's facebook page here, or our twitter feed here.

Adoptee Conversations - Courtney

Adoptee Conversations - Courtney

May 19, 2019

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

In this  new series we’re inviting adoptees to share their perspectives and views on all things adoption. We’ve no agenda and are looking to have open and frank conversation. In this, the first episode, I chat to Courtney from the United States and she shares her views and perspectives on adoption as well as parts of her story. 

Please note, Courtney is open and honest about the impact of adoption on her and how this manifest in her life from a young age. Some of the detail of this may be upsetting for listeners who have experience of adoption from whatever perspective  so we advise caution. If there’s any doubt then give it a pass or ask a friend to listen to screen it for you. 

If you’d like to know more or have any questions for Courtney her twitter handle is @wordyramblings and she’d be more to answer questions. 

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 or on our facebook page.

Episode 62 - An Interview with Satwinder Sandhu from the International Adoption Centre

Episode 62 - An Interview with Satwinder Sandhu from the International Adoption Centre

May 18, 2019

This week we speak to Satwinder Sandhu from the International Adoption Centre as well as add a little wedding chat on then end for those that want the low down on Scott's nuptuals.

Satwinder has recently taken over the role as the Chief Executive of the IAC and Scott invited him in to speak about a subject that is not often the focus of the adoption community. There were some questions in relation to some aspects of the practice and some of the stereotypes that are hovering around. Satwinder is open and honest in relation to his experience as well as the positives and some of the challenges of the process. As he's new in the job we didn't go too hard on him!

At the end of the podcast we have a little catch up on the giddy details of wearing kilts, choke holds from Canadians and all that from Scott and Tris' wedding of the century. 

As always a cheeky review on iTunes here would be appreciated.

The Great North Ace Conference: Supporting Families that live with #CCVAB #CPV

The Great North Ace Conference: Supporting Families that live with #CCVAB #CPV

May 11, 2019

This weeks episode is  the recording of a conference workshop that I delivered at the Great North Ace Conference at the end of April for the ACE Network NE. 

I was asked to speak to professionals about supporting parents, carers and families that live with children who can display challenging, violent and aggressive behaviour in a short workshop. Its a subject that I’d normally run over a minimum of a half day so I talk fast and sometimes skip over issues that I’d dig around in for a lot longer. 

 

The book 'Lets talk about Childhood Challenging Violent or Aggressive Behaviour in the Home' can be bought here on amazon in paperback and on kindle.

I hope you enjoy it and as I note I will be starting some webinars on the subject in the near future.  

 

Episode 61 - An Interview with Betsy de Thierry on Shame

Episode 61 - An Interview with Betsy de Thierry on Shame

May 4, 2019

In this week's episode Al interviews Betsy de Thierry and they discuss the roots of shame, types of shame and the impact on many children who have experienced trauma and challenges in their early lives. We've a book to give away that Betsy has written 'The Simple Guide to Understanding Shame in Children: What It Is and How to Help'

We've got a copy to give away so check our twitter feed, here,  for details of how to do that. 

There's a little banter too as we chat about some of the recent events online and the challenges of communicating with those around the adoption triangle. 

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Adopte Stories #14 Garry and Kyle

Adopte Stories #14 Garry and Kyle

April 27, 2019

In this episode we speak to Garry and Kyle as they share their story of, firstly, fostering children with complex needs and then adopting them. 

If you'd like to share your story then please get in touch through the Adoption & Fostering Podcast's facebook page here, or our twitter feed here.

Adopter Stories - #13 Stephanie

Adopter Stories - #13 Stephanie

April 20, 2019

In this episode Stephanie shares her story of adopting two little boys with her husband. She discussed the challenges of ethnicity and faith as well as the struggle to get appropriate support for her children. 

If you'd like to share your story then please get in touch through the Adoption & Fostering Podcast's facebook page here, or our twitter feed here.