UK Adoption

10 Things I Realised When I Became a Parent

Ali Russell | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK Parents
Ali Russell

Before the children moved in, lots of parents we know told us that nothing prepares you for parenting. If I'm honest, I listened and nodded but felt slightly smug because I've worked with children for 10 years, so surely that would have prepared me.

Hurt Children Hurt - Adoption And Child On Parent Violence

Al Coates | Posted 24.03.2017 | UK Parents
Al Coates

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?

Developing A Connected Relationship With Your Child

Sarah Fisher | Posted 21.03.2017 | UK Parents
Sarah Fisher

I have spent hours developing a connection with my son since he moved in and becoming a parent he knows he can trust, which as an adopted child he hasn't had before. It's not perfect but we are definitely further along our path than when we started. I'm single and there's only the two of us, so it does make life a bit easier.

Crufts Continues To Be The 'Worst In Show' For Dogs

Mimi Bekhechi | Posted 13.03.2017 | UK
Mimi Bekhechi

Imagine a show based on ruthless competition in which entirely unnatural physical features were prized above all else and incestuous relationships, allegations of poisoning rivals, and other unscrupulous behaviour abound. It sounds like a salacious soap opera, right? Except it's not. All of these things are part of the saddest reality show on TV: Crufts.

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

Al Coates | Posted 10.03.2017 | UK Parents
Al Coates

You've probably seen Annie or Oliver 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.

LGBT Adoption And Fostering Week 2017

Javed Khan | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK
Javed Khan

One of the best things about my job is knowing how Barnardo's transforms the lives of vulnerable children on a daily basis. For me, that's about belie...

Moana Did Not Win An Oscar, But It Won Our Hearts

Jesse Toksvig-Stewart | Posted 03.03.2017 | UK Entertainment
Jesse Toksvig-Stewart

I have to admit I was a little bit gutted when Moana lost out to best animation feature and best song at the Oscars. The inner Disney in me was all fired up, and I realised that it was not just because of the fantastic songs I had been humming for weeks. Moana was a new kind of character to the ones my sister had seen on screen before

Pride And Joy: How I Changed My Mind About Becoming An LGBT Parent

Sarah Hagger-Holt | Posted 20.02.2017 | UK Parents
Sarah Hagger-Holt

Rachel and a long-standing gay male friend had joked for years about becoming parents together. Eventually, we plucked up our courage and asked him and his partner whether they'd consider embarking on parenthood with us - not as a joke, but for real.

Madonna Shares First Video Of Adopted Twin Daughters Singing 'Twinkle, Twinkle'

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 20.02.2017 | UK Parents

Madonna has shared the first video of her newly-adopted twins singing along to a well-known nursery rhyme. The 58-year-old, who confirmed she had adop...

Waterways - Serenity In A Bustling World

Jack Abrey | Posted 17.02.2017 | UK
Jack Abrey

Our canals and rivers are cherished outdoor spaces which enable visitors to take a breath of fresh air and simply relax - something that is becoming i...

Tory MPs Slam Government For Limiting Number Of Child Refugees

The Huffington Post | Ned Simons | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Politics

Conservative MPs have hit out at the government’s decision to limit the number of child refugees it will accept from Europe to just 350 - rather tha...

Madonna Confirms She Has Adopted Malawian Twin Girls With This Adorable Instagram Snap

The Huffington Post | Matt Bagwell | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Entertainment

Madonna has welcomed two new additions to her family after adopting twin sisters Stella and Esther from Malawi. The 58-year-old said she was “overjo...

Building A Bond With My Son

Sarah Fisher | Posted 31.01.2017 | UK Parents
Sarah Fisher

As a parent we want to build a bond with our child and when I adopted my son I thought it would be relatively easy to do. After all, I'd had some training, done some reading and was used to working with children, how hard could it be?

Coming Out, I Thought I'd Never Get To Be A Dad

Tuvia Borok | Posted 26.01.2017 | UK Parents
Tuvia Borok

I'm still very much gay, but I'm a dad first. I don't think the things I do are "gay" dad things (OK, yes, the Spotify playlist that we dance to around the house may differ to my straight counterparts), they are just "dad" things.

Madonna Disputes Claims She Has Applied To Adopt Two More Children

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 26.01.2017 | UK Parents

UPDATE: This article has been amended to reflect the fact Madonna has denied a statement made by a Malawi government spokesperson to news outlets. M...

Missing

Viola Helen | Posted 20.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Viola Helen

It took one question on one of those standard, typical Oxford nights out at the sweaty, overly-packed club that is Bridge. One question to make me recognise and acknowledge that this is what is missing in my life. And this is what will always be missing.

Being Gay Doesn't Make My Family Dysfunctional

Tuvia Borok | Posted 18.01.2017 | UK Parents
Tuvia Borok

I accept that some people still don't understand LGBT parenting as a concept, and may question its validity. Once you meet a gay parent, you quickly realise we are just as tired, run down and always questioning if we are getting it right, just as any other parent.

Katherine Heigl And Josh Kelley Have Welcomed Their Third Child

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Parents

Katherine Heigl and her husband Josh Kelley have welcomed their third child. Heigl gave birth to a son named Joshua Bishop Kelley Jr. on 20 December,...

Non-Verbal 6-Year-Old Finds Friend For Life in Adopted Deaf Boxer Dog

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 05.01.2017 | UK Parents

A non-verbal six-year-old boy has formed a strong bond with a deaf dog. Connor Guillet, from Florida, was adopted at birth. He has only ever used sign...

As An Adopter, I Am So Angry At Carol Sarler's Stigmatising Article For The Daily Mail

Nick King | Posted 01.01.2017 | UK Parents
Nick King

I'm angry that in resorting to easy stereotypes Ms Sarler takes attention away from the vital central point. This is that some adopted young people are traumatised. Some have terrible trouble coping. Some families struggle. Many cry out for help and face a wall of indifference in return.

Little Boy Who Receives Adoption Certificate As His Xmas Present Is Making Everyone Cry (In A Good Way)

The Huffington Post | Poorna Bell | Posted 27.12.2016 | UK Parents

Stemming some of the relentless awfulness of 2016 is no mean feat but 11-year-old Landon Rice has managed it. In the short video below, we see the mo...

Three-Year-Old's Reaction To Being Adopted After 832 Days In Care Has Everyone In Tears

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 19.01.2017 | UK Parents

The moment a three-year-old boy was officially adopted after 832 days in foster care was caught on camera, and it has moved people to tears. Michael B...

Touching Moment Son Tells Adopted Father He's Taking His Surname

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Lucky was raised by adopted parents John and Kathy Keith since birth and recently, he decided to take their surname. He revealed his plans to John by ...

The Emotional Dad

Tom McIlvenny-Cox | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Parents
Tom McIlvenny-Cox

bmm banner.jpg I'm going to have to reign it in the coming years... my boy doesn't need a blubbering mess of a dad at his school plays. Or maybe that is exactly what the boys of the future generation need? To teach them they can be emotional if they want to be.

No Ordinary Birthday

Martin Barrow | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK Parents
Martin Barrow

The venue is booked, the guests have been invited. The eldest of our three foster children is preparing to celebrate her birthday. She is drawing up a list of presents that she would like, tentatively at first but gradually growing in confidence, with some encouragement. This is not something she has been able to do in the past, and it takes some getting used to.