Whilst Potato is a support group, SG&AT are a campaigning group. It’s members ‘come together to think about what needs to change and support each other in campaigning to achieve it.’ There are a number of members of Potato who also belong to this group. For more information please click on the link below which takes you to their website. specialguardians and adopters together.com If you are an adoptive parent and would like to join our group please visit our membership page.
This is an article written for professionals and adoptive parents to use to inform themselves about a way forwards. We think there are some problems within adoption that need addressing. It is written by one of our members, based on many years of adoptive parenting. This individual has experience of birth parenting too, and so knows how very different the experiences of parenting are. Have a look through the article and see if you agree with the questions posed. What would yo
Talking about how Potato members often face crisis with their traumatised adopted young people and the professionals lack capacity to help. Good Morning everyone. POTATO has been in demand recently, with the Wright Stuff and this piece on the Victoria Derbyshire programme. It emphasises how important POTATO group is to families in terms of support and expert knowledge having had many families having faced similar troubles in the past. Thank you to our members who took part, e
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.
Are they heading for a Thai jail? Find out how they get on in this episode of BAMBOO part 3. Would you believe all this stuff was possible with a traumatised young person? Here at POTATO we are amazed at the tenacity, intelligence and ‘sheer bloody minded hanging on in there’ ism in our adoptive parents. Sometimes just about hanging on with your eyes shut praying, hoping and getting through by the skin of your teeth might be more like the day to day. Bamboo adventures maybe f
Our Chairperson has been in touch with the Childrens Society and because we have a lot of common ground we felt you all might like to get on board with their letter to your MP initiative. An opportunity to get issues heard Hi all, Our latest Good Childhood report found that teenagers are coming under pressure in all areas of their lives. From parental illness to emotional neglect, living in a household struggling with bills to being afraid in their neighbourhood, the serious
It’s Sunday and the roar of Sally Donovan has begun to die down. She did a great article in this weeks “Community Care” and there has already been a huge amount of feedback. The article points to experience of member families and the fundamental hampering of professional progress due to a lack of learning from mistakes. Take a look at the link below. Click here for the article #Professionals #CommunityCare #Parents #Article #UK #SallyDonovan #AdoptedTeens #families
Hello all POTATO group members and interested people 🙂 In November we held our AGM and conference with a mix of speakers and information sharing amongst peers. AGM. The Steering group met and it was decided that the roles within Potato Group needed some changes due to the increased work load involved in a larger, and expanding membership. The roles decided upon were: Chairperson. x1 General Secretary. x1 Membership Secretary. x1 Welfare Secretary x2 Treasurer (with supportin
When life in with your teen isn’t tough enough they start a whole new range of activities! One that comes up a lot within our community is the young runners and leavers. These expert terrified toddlers are inexpert young adolescents and therefore attract a whole heap of troubles due to many factors. Vulnerable, excited and with a very limited grasp on cause & effect our young people represent a high level of risk to themselves and others that often the professionals and autho
OK readers! I have 2 adopted teenagers who were at infants school when they came to me. Now, wow 19 and 16, how did that happen? Now we are 13 years in and have been through hell, high-waters and more hell and some lovely picnics on the way. Our strength here in the land of POTATO is our stories and here’s a chance to spill! Parenting therapeutically as I understand it is basically the behaviours of your teen as their language, to go with your grasp of the situation as havin
We are a UK based group of parents who have adopted our children from the looked after system in the past 20+ years. All of our teenagers are incredible survivors who need specialist parenting which can be very hard going. Despite dealing with some heavy subjects, we like to meet socially and have a bit of relaxation with other parents who understand what we are facing. We are looking forward to the easing of restrictions which will enable this to happen again. These pages ar