Our members often find it difficult to get much in terms of support from the various services. We wonder if the following letter, written by a member of POTATO applies to your situation or your professional department? It certainly struck a chord with many of us in our Facebook group. So much so we have all decided it should be shared in an anonymous form for you all to see. Dear Decision Makers, I adopted a child with complex needs, a child I grew to love with all my heart,
Good evening everybody. This evenings piece, ready for you is by someone in POTATO who has become quite an expert in mental health services. Not that they set out to do this. Well, few of the the things we set out thinking we would be doing as adoptive parents are actually the things we’ve ended up doing! Most of the POTATO members have come across CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) at some point. They have had mixed experiences from the hugely supportive but
Yes, now you’ve got that 90s classic zipping through your head- have a read of this weeks excellent blog. Listen here: Moving on up, moving on up! It can be ever so challenging for adoptive parents, with vulnerable adoptees, having a variety of executive functioning and other difficulties to start moving towards independence. Hopefully, this weeks blog will give you some ideas of where to start and a chance to think through the issues faced by families at this point in life.
Doing a big thing like Thailand is such a huge leap for any family, let alone one with a traumatised young person. Just got in from taking one of our much loved POTATO dogs for a walk in the sunshine. It’s icy and bitterly cold. But thankfully bright and I feel so much happier and exercised afterwards. You end up day dreaming wondering about summer, the warm sun without icy wind. Holidays sound a good plan… France? Devon? Turkey? Dubai or perhaps… Phuket? For those who don’t
Welcome to this months Blog piece all about the wonderful founder member from our group taking her TAT (Traumatised Adopted Teen) away on an amazing break together. Hugely brave and funny, this Blog is an exciting read. In awe of this members bravery and her drive to keep going. Bamboo Scaffolding: part one - getting there In order to access many everyday activities, my son needs ‘bamboo scaffolding’, flexible and adaptable low key support – when I get this right it is largel
We are very excited to announce that we have begun a regular weekly blog of: articles, reflections, blog diaries and information contributed by our members. This is mostly to families who are host to young people who have had early trauma and been adopted and their friends. Every week we will write a piece for publication with The Adoption Social in association with The Open Nest. PLEASE NOTE SINCE THIS WAS FIRST WRITTEN, THE ADOPTION SOCIAL IS NO LONGER OPERATING. Our first