Adoptive families’ mental health: a 9-year-old’s letter to the Royal Family

My name is Joanna and I am 9 years old. I was adopted when I was 4 because my first mum and dad couldn’t look after me and did lots of fighting. I still have some memories that make it hard for me to concentrate. I know that you care a lot about children with mental health problems and I wonder if you can help me.… View Post

What adopters want from post-adoption support

Last week on Twitter I asked my fellow adoptive parents what one thing they’d like to be receiving from post-adoption support that isn’t currently being provided. Here’s what people have been saying.… View Post

Adoptive parents: survival mode, stress, and coping strategies

Many adoptive parents feel that they are constantly living in survival mode. We lurch from one crisis to the next, while trying to set up and maintain a network of support around our children and deal with whatever shenanigans they’ve got themselves into. It’s stressful, and that stress affects us in a range of ways. Find out more about the impact of stress and how to fight back.… View Post

Thankful Thursday #22

Gratitude is officially good for your mental health. (Harvard says so, so it must be true.) As a self-care practice, it’s great to record things you’re grateful for – big and small. So here’s Thankful Thursday – my list of things I’m grateful for this week.… View Post

Letterbox contact: an example letter for birth parents

Writing to your child who has been adopted can be difficult for lots of reasons. It can be really hard to know what to say, to know what’s allowed, and to manage the emotions that come up when you think about sending a letter. Using a template like this free downloadable Word file can make it easier because it gives you ideas and a framework to use for what you want to say.… View Post