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Al Coates

Dad to six adopted children, husband, rider of bikes, Social Worker, ex Foster Carer, DfE advisor on Adoption Support, Blogger & Podcaster

Dad to six adopted children, husband, rider of bikes, Social Worker, ex Foster Carer, DfE advisor on Adoption Support, Blogger & Podcaster

Adoption Recruitment

October rolls around again and National Adoption Week creeps into my calendar, faces of happy adopters and lovable ragamuffins looking for a mum and dad appear in the media. I'm pausing as I write, the temptation is to fall words about truth and lies in recruitment but that's an easy cynicism that has no nuance.
09/10/2017 11:14 BST

The Adoption Contract

Adoptees now live in a world that is connected like never before through social media. The time and effort that tracing family members created a buffer and time to think and reflect. Now, connections can be made with the tap of the finger in seconds in an impulse. Many children are looking to join the dots of their lives and be connected to some of the key people in their life stories.
22/09/2017 13:39 BST

Technicolour Adoption

It seems like hardly a month goes by without a sensationalist headline about a white couple being denied a black baby or some internet clickbait from a worthy adopter who can see beyond the colour of their children. It's a topic than intrigues and beguiles.
17/07/2017 16:53 BST

Adoption - A Binary Issue

When I first stepped into the world of adoption I was almost evangelical in my views on the universal 'rightness' of adoption. It just made perfect sense, a simple equation.
01/06/2017 15:19 BST

Hurt Children Hurt - Adoption And Child On Parent Violence

What do you do when the injuries you experience from your child are more than accidents or the usual, though challenging, toddler tantrums? What if it is actual violence? Violence that is daily, unleashed by the slightest perceived provocation, personal and sustained, hitting and screaming, verbal and physical abuse that bruises and injures body and eventually mind?
24/03/2017 16:43 GMT

Adoption, I'm Sorry It's Not Like The Movies

You've probably seen <em>Annie</em> or<em> Oliver</em> so you know about adoption? The tear stained lovable but unloved child that overcomes adversity to make good with some benevolent and well healed adoptive parents.
10/03/2017 07:55 GMT