I have substantial expertise in both practice and research in adoption. I was employed for eight years a Senior Practitioner, Adoption and Fostering, in a SWD in Central Scotland. I worked for twelve years in the Department of Applied Social Science, Stirling University as lecturer and researcher, and two years as Research Fellow in the Social Work Research Centre. I have published widely in the field of adoption with a strong emphasis on using research to directly influence practice. I have edited two books for BAAF: - After Adoption, Working with Adoptive Families, and Children Exposed to Parental Substance Misuse - Implications for Family Placement.
My publications on adoption cover a wide range of topics including post adoption support, disabled children and adoption, empowering adopters through self-assessment, step-parent adoptions, openness in adoption, parental substance misuse, ethical issues in adoption, parallels and differences in adoption between countries.
Personal/professional interest in adoption
I currently work independently in adoption and foster care. I am employed directly by adopters as a Co-ordinator of PACS (Post Adoption Central Support), a charitable organisation funded by Clackmannan, Falkirk and Stirling Councils, delivering post adoption support to adoptive families.
I am a member of the Adoption and Foster Care Panels for Clackmannan and Stirling Councils. I amon the peer review Panel for the CoramBAAF Journal, Adoption and Foster Care.
I have developed a special interest in issues concerned with Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder.
I don’t seem to have much time for hobbies, I have been lucky enough to travel widely with my career and this in something I enjoy.