UK Families

Cancer Destroyed My Health and My Bank Balance

Devry Souayed | Posted 10.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Devry Souayed

New research from Macmillan Cancer Support shows that the average British family cannot afford cancer. That was certainly true in my case. I had to make some impossible decisions simply just to keep a roof over our heads.

11 Money Saving Tips If You're Going Through Cancer

Emma Cross | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Cross

As a Macmillan Cancer Support Finance Expert, I often speak to families struggling to make ends meet when they're hit with a cancer diagnosis. I've written a list of money saving tips to help you cut costs if you're affected by the disease...

School Launching Peer-To-Peer Support For Parents

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK Parents

Parents of teenagers will work with other families to pass on advice about how to look after their children's mental health, for a new project being l...

We All Grieve for Baby Keegan

Martin Barrow | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK
Martin Barrow

I was going to write an uplifting blog in celebration of Foster Care Fortnight, which takes place this month. But it is so difficult to be cheerful and optimistic about safeguarding children when the news is dominated by the murder of an infant at the hands of the woman entrusted with her care...

A New Baby - An Emotional Time

Thomas Lynch | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK Parents
Thomas Lynch

Both me and my wife talked and talked about whether we would try again for another baby or accept that one beautiful boy was good enough for us. It was one of those conversations that went on forever and had different outcomes every time.

Our Memories as Foster Carers Are Precious

Martin Barrow | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK Parents
Martin Barrow

An unexpected reunion with a much-loved former foster child brings memories flooding back. She came to us as a new-born and left just before her first birthday. She is thriving with her forever family, who are as dear to us as our own.

Mamas and the Panama Papers

Vanessa Olorenshaw | Posted 11.04.2016 | UK Politics
Vanessa Olorenshaw

So there we have it. Some men are more equal than others - in exposure to tax liability, at least. The Panama Papers have revealed just how deviously and unethically many wealthy individuals protect their assets, reduce their exposure to tax, and pay as little into or back to their communities as they can get away with.

Seven Reasons Why I Love My Mixed Race Family

Fariba Soetan | Posted 10.04.2016 | UK Parents
Fariba Soetan

Although there are the struggles that mixed race people feel when out in the world battling to 'fit in' and identify themselves in the carefully chosen boxes that exist, there's so much more that our mixed race kids will experience and can explore because of their multiple heritages. Here are a few of my favourites...

For the Sake of the Children, Foster Carers Deserve Better

Martin Barrow | Posted 31.03.2016 | UK Parents
Martin Barrow

We have witnessed the wonder of adoption first hand. As foster carers we were present when the baby we had cared for since birth met her new parents for the first time, and we have been blessed to be part of their lives ever since.

A Tale of Three Mums

Martin Barrow | Posted 01.03.2016 | UK Parents
Martin Barrow

The message about mothers and motherhood is clear and simple, and the pressure on children whose reality does not chime with the narrative presented by television and radio, or displayed in shop windows and restaurants is intense.

Supermarkets Opening Longer On Sundays Could Threaten 'Human Flourishing', Warn Churches

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 28.02.2016 | UK

Allowing shops to open for longer on Sundays will disrupt community life and threaten the "common good", a group of Christian leaders has warned. T...

Domestic Violence Knows no Postcode

Martin Barrow | Posted 19.02.2016 | UK
Martin Barrow

Yes, looked-after children are more likely to have lived in poverty, and they are more likely to have parents whose own lives were blighted by neglect and abuse. But we have also provided a home to children and young people who attended private schools, who wore preppy clothes and carried the latest smart phone in their back pocket. We have cared for children who told stories of foreign holidays and family days out just like our own.

Kitchen of Life

Martin Barrow | Posted 03.02.2016 | UK Parents
Martin Barrow

It has taken time but our foster children have finally got used to me doing the washing up, peeling potatoes and preparing lunch, although they still expect me to cut a finger when I chop carrots.

Running on Empty: Why Food Poverty Can No Longer Be Tolerated

Jackie Brock | Posted 14.01.2016 | UK
Jackie Brock

In a developed nation, such as the UK, food poverty in this day and age is totally unacceptable. Not only does it weaken wellbeing, damage educational achievement and squander potential, but it is unjustifiable in a modern society and a country with plenty.

The Realities of Being an Identical Twin

Laura Jopson | Posted 07.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Jopson

It's a little like being asked what it's like having a pair of lungs. I don't know - Good? Useful? Essential? Being a twin makes up my DNA: my twin-ness sits snugly inside each and every cell that makes up my body. It's why we have the same colour eyes; the same colour hair and tiny wrists. It's why I am me and she is, well, she.

When the Numbers of Foster Care Don't Add Up

Martin Barrow | Posted 04.01.2016 | UK
Martin Barrow

How many children have we fostered? From now on, that will remain between us and the children, thank you.

Breaking Up Is Hard to Do

Dr David Marjoribanks | Posted 24.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr David Marjoribanks

Most people who get married plan their wedding very carefully, plotting out every last detail from seating plans to thank you cards. Few of us plan for these relationships to end, yet sadly, 42% of marriages, and a significant proportion of cohabiting relationships, break down.

The Magic of Traditions: We Always...

Katharine Hill | Posted 14.12.2015 | UK Parents
Katharine Hill

Each family has its memories and traditions and they will all be different. If, as adults, we are asked to describe our childhood, more likely than not, it won't be long before we alight on a family tradition.

Foster Care Is Renewal of the Human Spirit

Martin Barrow | Posted 06.12.2015 | UK
Martin Barrow

As she runs off to play, I contemplate the wondrous capacity of the human spirit to overcome adversity. Just a few weeks ago this same child did not know me, and had never set foot in our home. All this is new and alien. She has been removed from everything she has ever known to become a looked-after child in foster care, with no sense of how long this might last.

Three Ways To Afford A Family Holiday (Yes, Even In Peak Season)

The Huffington Post UK | Georgia James | Posted 09.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Family holidays are an important way to spend time together away from the stresses of school, work and the usual weekly routines – and with rumours ...

A Spending Review for Families?

Chris Sherwood | Posted 24.11.2015 | UK Politics
Chris Sherwood

Since October 2014 the Government has been committed to applying a "Family Test" to all new domestic policies. This was a welcome step towards putting...

The Kindness of Strangers

Martin Barrow | Posted 18.11.2015 | UK
Martin Barrow

I count my blessings. This week I had the privilege of attending the Mind Media Awards and Fostering Excellence Awards in London on successive evenings. Both events are born out of human frailty but celebrate the extraordinary kindness and resilience of ordinary people in the face of often appalling circumstances.

'Reawakening and Recycling' - An Ancient Call for Action

Jim Egan | Posted 13.11.2015 | UK
Jim Egan

Melinda Gates raised a timely alarm this week (Financial Times, Comment, 9th Nov 2015, "Investing in our families is a vital part of the economy") abo...

7 Families Open Up About The Long-Term Heartbreak Of Stillbirth

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 15.10.2015 | UK Parents

Seven families have spoken out about the long-term heartbreak of stillbirth. The families, who were filmed over three years, have shared their sto...

Permanency Must Be the Gold Standard for Children in Care, Not Adoption

Martin Barrow | Posted 08.10.2015 | UK
Martin Barrow

If adoption is to be the gold standard for looked-after children, then we appear to have failed as foster carers. Only one of the children we have cared for has been adopted, while a number of different outcomes were agreed for the other children.