Mental health: Dads matter too
We Made a Wish » Adoption
by suzy
1M ago
Mental health is still seen as a taboo, despite the battering it’s taken over the last few years for most of us. We’re getting better at talking about it, but not good enough. Paternal mental health is talked about even less. I tried to find some statistics about the number of dads who experience mental ill health and I struggled to find any. I think that speaks volumes. This article explores paternal mental ill health and was written by Chris and first published in 2021. He shares his experience of struggling with his mental health as an adoptive dad and some of the places he’s found help and ..read more
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Managing sports day overwhelm for adopted children
We Made a Wish » Adoption
by suzy
1M ago
As we move towards summer (hopefully at some point soon the weather will catch up!), it can be a stressful time for our children as sports day looms. Traditionally, this is an opportunity to have fun and show our parents how skilled we are at balancing an egg on a spoon whilst running. Or get to the finish line being tied to someone else’s leg. Whatever the types of races or activities sports day entails, it’s often something that, for some children, becomes about winning. The fun aspect isn’t there for them. It’s just about beating everyone else to the finish line. And if that doesn’t happen ..read more
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Adoption stories: From adoptee to adoptive parent
We Made a Wish » Adoption
by suzy
1M ago
Adoption is complicated and every story is unique which is one of the reasons why I started the magazine so that those thinking about it could get a realistic picture of some of the issues. This article is written by Jane Foers who shares her journey from adoptee, to adopter and therapist. She’s a therapeutic coach and counsellor. From adoptee to adoptive parent and counsellor My adoption in 1970 had a familiar backdrop – I was the result of a one-night stand and adopted after being in foster care for two months.  My adoptive parents already had an older (adopted) daughter.  Apparent ..read more
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Adopting a child with additional needs
We Made a Wish » Adoption
by suzy
2M ago
The most recent statistics show that there were over 2000 children waiting to be adopted in 2022/23. Of those, many have additional needs. The sad truth is that having additional needs often means they wait, on average, 11 months longer in care than their peers. To address this concerning statistic, voluntary adoption agencies VAAs) across the UK have joined forces to find more adoptive parents for children with additional needs who are waiting for a family, and provide them with comprehensive information about the process involves. ARC Adoption North East is among 21 VAAs from all over the UK ..read more
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Parenting children with attachment difficulties: Interview with Melissa
We Made a Wish » Adoption
by suzy
2M ago
This interview with Melissa was first published in November 2019. She is a mum of two children affected by attachment disorder. In the interview, she shares what that means for her and her family, and how she uses some of the techniques detailed here by Dr Mason, on a daily basis. You can follow Melissa’s brilliant account on Instagram @us2rabbitandmoo where she shares, very honestly, the highs and lows of parenting children with attachment difficulties. Did you know your girls were affected by attachment disorder before they came home? Through the adoption process, you learn about the differe ..read more
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Teen Talk Adoption
We Made a Wish » Adoption
by suzy
2M ago
Life story work and contact with birth family is such an important part of the adoption process. But it’s definitely something where one size doesn’t fit all. How you go about it will depend on so many different factors. Some children haven’t lived with their birth family. Some have but were too young to remember. For others, their birth family will have been their everything for a lot of years. The majority of help and support that’s available to adopters and their children is from adults. Adults telling other adults how to share sensitive and sometimes difficult information with children. I ..read more
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The Adoption Legal Centre: Legal advice for adopters
We Made a Wish » Adoption
by suzy
3M ago
Adoption disruption continues to bring the most readers to the magazine when they’re looking for articles about it in search engines. So,  I thought it would be useful to hear from an adoption lawyer about the services they can provide to adopters who are facing disruption. Sarah from the Adoption Legal Centre has written this article to explain how they can help adoptive families. At the Adoption Legal Centre, we provide a wide range of services covering various issues that adoptive parents can face during their journey. The team Our team consists of Nigel Priestley, Sarah Brown an ..read more
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Attachment focused family therapy
We Made a Wish » Adoption
by suzy
3M ago
Attachment is something a lot of adopted children struggle with. Learning to trust their caregivers is hard for children when they’ve been let down so badly in the past. Attachment-focused family therapy is something that can help children learn to trust their caregivers. Today’s article is written by Mikenda Plant who is a family therapist, supervisor, and trainer. Mikenda has worked for 25 years with children in care and adopted children, their families, and the professionals who support them. She is a Consultant & Practitioner in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy. Mikenda is also the a ..read more
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Massage to help build attachment with children
We Made a Wish » Adoption
by suzy
3M ago
Having a massage is something a lot of parents use as a means of relaxing, switching off from their day, and getting some self-care. Some of the benefits of a massage include helping to reduce stress increase relaxation reduce muscle tightness improve your immune system Touch and massage can also have benefits for kids and are effective ways of building attachment, particularly with children who have experienced developmental delays and those with sensory issues. It is also a good way of supporting the development of motor skills. Many adopted children experience issues around attachment as ..read more
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Thrive Coaching: Empowering Adoptive and Foster Parents to Thrive
We Made a Wish » Adoption
by suzy
3M ago
This article is written by Kate Brindley, a dedicated thrive coach. Becoming an adoptive or foster parent is a deeply rewarding journey, but it’s also one filled with challenges and uncertainties. From navigating the complexities of trauma to adjusting to the demands of parenthood, it’s easy for parents to feel overwhelmed and isolated. In the early days, it can often feel like you’re under a microscope, with every move scrutinized and judged. My name is Kate and as a thrive coach, specialising in trauma and attachment issues, I understand the unique struggles that adoptive and foster parents ..read more
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