• Meeting your child’s birth parents

    Meeting your child’s birth parents can be daunting. Some adopters are, understandably, unsure about coming face to face with the person who may have been responsible for their children’s traumatic pasts. In this Special Feature we look at what the benefits of direct contact can be, and some of the questions you might want to ask

  • Coping with Christmas

    The bright lights, the big meals and the bangs of crackers all go to make Christmas a time of spectacle. For some traumatised children, however, this can be too much, leaving them feeling vulnerable, or even reminding them of bad Christmases they may have experienced in the past. We look at ways to keep the festive season fun and stress free for you and them.

  • Birth children and adoption

    Adopting with birth children introduces a whole range of extra issues, particularly relating to the impact the adoption may have on the existing children.

  • Back to school

    Whether you think it can’t come soon enough, or you dread the end of the long sunny days playing in the park, back to school time normally comes round faster than expected.

  • Self care for the carers

    When you adopt a child, the level of care that they require can often be very intensive. How do you make sure that you look after yourself?

  • Lying

    Lying is something that many adoptive parents are familiar with.

  • Adopting with pets

    Pets can provide children with companionship and a sense of responsibility. However, some prospective adopters have found having pets a barrier to adoption and some parents have faced the challenges of keeping a pet safe from a traumatised adopted child.

  • An insight into exchange days

    When you are looking to be matched with a child, attending an adoption exchange day is a good way of being more proactive in your search.

  • Getting a statement

    Some adoptive children experience difficulties at school. One way parents may be able to get them more help and support is to apply for a Statement of Special Educational Needs.