UK Adoption

(Coconut) Smells Like Victory

Tim Lyddiatt | Posted 23.04.2015 | UK Parents
Tim Lyddiatt

It's probably nothing, probably just some tick of genetics she will grow out of as she settles into her new world. But Dr Internet tells us that it might be something, might mean too that we're wrong to think that the orphanage treated her well.

Too Much Going On!

Tim Lyddiatt | Posted 17.04.2015 | UK Parents
Tim Lyddiatt

The adoption process itself is long and arduous, and it must be adhered to precisely at all times. That means bureaucratic hoops and jumping through them, many hoops and near constant jumping. It took us just over a natural gestation to navigate the maze.

Interview with 'Salvage' Author Keren David

Alix Long | Posted 08.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Alix Long

I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to interview Keren David, author of Salvage, to explain her inspiration for writing the book, the issue of broken family relationships and if everything (as is suggested by her title) can eventually be 'salvaged'...

Why I Will Always Be a Foster Child

Victoria Leith | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Victoria Leith

I invited my foster parents to my wedding - I felt it was so important for them to be there. They came and again, when I saw them, it felt so strange as I only recognised them from photos, not having proper physical memories... yet the connection was so strong.

How to Be a Child-Full Couple

Fleur Missaghian | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Fleur Missaghian

I want to challenge that phrase 'A childless couple', It assumes Ramin and I, and others like us, are missing out. We live in a time when the quest for possessions, status and fame is well and truly up there with the quest for enlightenment. 

Dog Deemed 'Too Ugly To Love' Has Been Up For Adoption For Two Years

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A deaf dog with different coloured eyes has been deemed "too ugly to love". Buddy the lurcher has been up for adoption for two years, but he has ye...

Parents-To-Be Share Big News With Heartwarming Twist

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Forget the innovative pregnancy announcements on YouTube, one couple decided to share some big news of their own using a simple card. But it's the twi...

#IGetCounselling: Time for this chick to Find a Counsellor

Clare Dyckhoff | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Clare Dyckhoff

Counselling isn't all lying on couches in dark rooms with pointed-nosed, sharp-spectacled counsellors. It's just talking. Talking with a professional who is trained to not only hear, but to actually listen, and offer some thoughts that are at this point in time, alien.

What Is a 'Real' Mother?

Louisa Leontiades | Posted 28.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Louisa Leontiades

My natural mother, has proved to me on many occasions that if her presence in my life is unwanted, if it causes too much trouble, if I decide that I need to choose a mother, then she will step back. She believes that I should be able to decide the extent of my involvement with her, whereas my adoptive mother at least for a time, wanted all or nothing.

Plunging Adoption Figures a Wake-up Call for All in Children's Care Sector

Javed Khan | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK
Javed Khan

During the last decade, authorities and agencies across the country have found it increasingly hard to find permanent, loving families for children in care in a timely way. The government's plan to speed up adoptions, announced by Michael Gove in 2012, briefly reversed that trend. But it looks as though there has now been a dramatic loss of nerve by many in the social care sector...

Five Hard Truths About Adoption Adoptive Parents don't want to Hear

Louisa Leontiades | Posted 09.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Louisa Leontiades

Adoptees. We're allegedly 16% of America's estimated 500 serial killers whilst we represent only 2-3% of the population1. We're also the heroes of pop culture from Harry Potter and Frodo Baggins, to Superman and Luke Skywalker. In real life we're Nelson Mandela, Steve Jobs, Bill Clinton, Marilyn Monroe...and Ted Bundy.

Every Child Deserves a Loving Family

Javed Khan | Posted 02.01.2015 | UK
Javed Khan

This week is National Adoption Week (3-9 November) and this year the focus is on finding new parents for groups of brothers and sisters. According to research carried out by the British Association of Adoption and Fostering around half of the 6,000 children in the UK currently waiting to be adopted are in sibling groups.

'I Want To Give A Child What I Didn't Have'

The Huffington Post UK | Daniel Welsh | Posted 19.10.2014 | UK Entertainment

Susan Boyle has spoken about her desire to become a mother. The ‘I Dreamed A Dream’ singer, who has released millions of albums all over the wo...

'Long Lost Families' and 'Masters of Sex'

Hugh Salmon | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Hugh Salmon

The most interesting thing in the world is people. And, talking about interesting, which we were, and people, which we are, there is a peculiar juxtaposition in two TV series currently on air.

We Must Do All We Can to Speed Up the Adoption Process

Javed Khan | Posted 03.10.2014 | UK
Javed Khan

In my eyes adopting a child is one of the most amazing things someone can ever do. To give a child a loving and stable family life is a gift beyond compare. For England's 6,000 children hoping to be adopted, every day is a desperate wait. Another day spent longing for the love and support that, through no fault of their own, they are currently being denied. Everyone involved with these brave children wants to see them all get the family they deserve. To make sure each of their dreams come true we need a system that gives them the chance at a new life as quickly and effectively as possible.

A Spiritual Response to Our 'Constant Inner Critic'

Tony Lobl | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

Rather than projecting assumptions of what should happen, I've found that rejecting such preconceptions is what helps open my mind to a divinely grounded expectancy of good. Doing this has proved practical to myself and many others in overcoming all kinds of limitation, including emotional and physical health meltdowns and even chronic identity crises.

'Neglectful' Parents Fail To Block Adoption By Gay Couple

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.05.2014 | UK

Two Slovakian parents have failed in their bid to block the adoption of two of their sons by a same sex couple in Kent. The Catholic couple, who ar...

Why Fostering Can't Become Adoption's Poor Relation

Javed Khan | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK
Javed Khan

I am awed by the inspirational carers who give a home to children who have often suffered so much and find the courage and empathy to give joy to young lives. The capacity to love, sheer generosity and genuine interest in caring for children that I have seen has given me hope that there are more people out there who care about those children who have no one.

The Cursed Twins of Madagascar

Kiki King | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Kiki King

Meeting the unluckiest woman in Madagascar changed my views on motherhood forever. Despite standing almost 6ft tall, Carolin ducks her eyes when she smiles, shyness getting the better of her. She hides her inner steel. She lost everything because she refused to abandon her children. She is the mother of twins: three sets of twins.

Surrogacy Defined

Candace Wohl | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Candace Wohl

Whether you deem it as a social family building trend or simply the scientific ability to navigate around Mother Nature, "traditional" surrogacy is not a new concept. As a matter of fact, it is the only form of assisted reproduction that dates back to biblical times. The story of Abraham and Sarah in Genesis chapter 16, is the most notable example.

Speed-Dating for Toddlers: A Solution to Britain's Adoption Crisis?

Ben Acheson | Posted 21.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ben Acheson

In an ideal world, nobody would need to be adopted, but this is not an ideal world. Adoption parties cannot prevent a child being taken into care, but they can help take them out of care. They give 'hard-to-place' children a greater chance of placement. They tackle some endemic problems in the adoption process.

Launching Barnardo's 'Someone to Care' Report

Bruce Oldfield | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK
Bruce Oldfield

Young people leaving care are one of the most vulnerable groups in society, more likely to become homeless, be unemployed and spend time in prison. Some will have been subject to abuse or neglect, and as vulnerable young adults they are likely to need someone to turn to, even after they have turned 18. It is time to end the misery of living alone too young for vulnerable youngsters, by giving every child in care the chance to 'stay put' until they're 21 - not just those in foster care.

The Power of Popular History

Alex Davis | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Davis

Though examples of popular history range from magazines such as History Today right through to the work of the National Trust, it is the film industry that has recently encapsulated the imaginations of thousands of ordinary people.

Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue, Adoptees' Worst Fear Will Likely Come True

Ben Acheson | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ben Acheson

What if Valentine's Day, or relationships in general, were a stark reminder of the most painful and distressing events that you ever experienced? What if they triggered a trauma so terrifically challenging that it forever altered your approach to life? Welcome to Valentine's Day, and relationships, for adoptees.

What Makes a Homophobe? Ireland's Debate Goes Global

Peter McGuire | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK
Peter McGuire

Those who devote their energies to stopping same-sex marriage may very well be motivated by a genuine, albeit misplaced, fear over child welfare. If child welfare really is such a concern, perhaps they should review the evidence and direct just a fraction of their energy towards creating a more equal society...