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If you're a foster carer you'll be overly familiar with what an IRO is. If you're an adopter you may not know. Every child that is in care will usually have an IRO - Independent Reviewing Officer. They are meant to be there, amongst other things, to ensure that the best interests of the child … Continue reading Turning The Tables – IRO
When my Eldest came to us, he wasn't the most talkative of people. He was fairly happy to just fade into the background and watch the comings and goings of the house. He was at his most talkative when we were in the car and he spotted lorries, bridges, cars, vans, ambulances, etc etc etc … Continue reading Getting the Meek to Talk
We have received the best Christmas present anyone ever can this year. We have become the irrefutable, absolute, legal parents of our children. (with no backsies!) Shortly after my post in September, we sent off the Adoption Order paperwork. We hoped that we had managed to get it to the court in time for it … Continue reading The Best Present
Here's a post I promised a couple of months ago about what are called Life Story Books. Somewhere along the line 'the powers that be' found rather than concealing a child had been adopted, treating it as a taboo subject, as if it were something to be ashamed of, that if someone knows where they … Continue reading Life Story Books
So, for some reason I've been a bit busy for writing blog posts. This isn't just adoption related but work related too as (don't tell anyone but...) a lot of my posts are actually written on my work computer. We are currently on the cusp of sending off our adoption paperwork so that the court … Continue reading It’s been a while, but here we are…
So, we have our children Placed with us. That's the technical term 'Placed' - as in they have a Placement Order so they can be Placed with prospective adoptive parents. Yes, that's technically what we still are. When does that change? The answer to that varies depending on the age of the children, how settled … Continue reading What Happens Next?