Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Chat to us on Twitter about black and minority ethnic adoption

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Last night marked BAAF's fourth Twitter Chat, which this time focused on black and minority ethnic adoption. Read on below for a transcript of the chat, which included help and advice from a BAAF expert as well as a member of the PACT team, plus first hand experience from adoptive and prospective adoptive parents. Most recent tweets appear first.



ins_foundations Inspired Foundations 
@BAAFAdoption Sorry to have missed #adoptfosterchat again! I really need to become more organised in an evening. Will look out for next one!


thegrene
@BAAFAdoption @PACTCHARITY Thanks for all you do! #adoptfosterchat


PACTCHARITY
@BAAFAdoption @spursblogger Adoption agencies encourage ppl to adopt so do not be put off #adoptfosterchat


BAAFAdoption
RT @spursblogger: The main message is: anyone thinking of adopting,find out more. Chat,ask,enquire. Don't rule yourself out #adoptfosterchat


spursblogger 
The main message is: anyone thinking of adopting, find out more. Chat, ask, enquire. Don't rule yourself out #adoptfosterchat


PACTCHARITY
@BAAFAdoption @QuiverFullMummy A service dedicated to BME adopters such as PACT London hopefully will address this #adoptfosterchat


BAAFAdoption
A reminder that advice lines are here if needed: http://bit.ly/mFGCam #adoptfosterchat


BAAFAdoption
#BME #adoption publications here: http://bit.ly/ni6WQ8 #adoptfosterchat


BAAFAdoption
@thegrene BME children who wait the longest are African & Caribbean boys, esp over 3 years old #adoptfosterchat


BAAFAdoption
@thegrene Around 4,000 children need adopting every yr. As many as 20% could b BME children #adoptfosterchat


BAAFAdoption 
RT @QuiverFullMummy: #adoptfosterchat. - more bme adopters need better experiences that they can share with th… (cont) http://deck.ly/~NbGyf


thegrene
@PACTCHARITY How many BME adopters do you need? #adoptfosterchat


BAAFAdoption
@QuiverFullMummy That's really important #adoptfosterchat


PACTCHARITY
@thegrene it is black and minority ethnic #adoptfosterchat


BAAFAdoption
@thegrene Black & minority ethnic #adoptfosterchat


thegrene
@PACTCHARITY What is BME? #adoptfosterchat


PACTCHARITY
It would be good to know what would help more BME adopters to come forward to adopt #adoptfosterchat


spursblogger
@PACTCHARITY @BAAFAdoption @Mum2Rocky_Mally absolutely #adoptfosterchat


BAAFAdoption
@thegrene Citizenship is complicated & needs to be checked out on case by case basis #adoptfosterchat


PACTCHARITY
@thegrene @BAAF once you have adopted children are legally your children #adoptfosterchat


PACTCHARITY
@spursblogger @BAAFAdoption @Mum2Rocky_Mally yes but having a service for bme adopters encourages ppl to come forward #adoptfosterchat


thegrene 
@PACTCHARITY @BAAF Excellent. Any chance of my kids getting dual US/UK citizenship? #adoptfosterchat


thegrene
@BAAFAdoption Thanks, will do. It's a few years until we'll be ready, though. #adoptfosterchat


PACTCHARITY
@PACTCHARITY @thegrene @BAAF Scotland has some diff rules to england so would need to check further #adoptfosterchat


BAAFAdoption
Recruiting black and minority ethnic adopters/foster carers: http://bit.ly/oKCIrL #adoptfosterchat


PACTCHARITY
@thegrene @BAAF if you are a pernanent res then you are able to adopt in this country #adoptfosterchat


spursblogger
@PACTCHARITY @BAAFAdoption @Mum2Rocky_Mally choice is key for children, practitioners but shortage of bme carers limiting #adoptfosterchat


BAAFAdoption
@thegrene Best to speak to BAAF Edinburgh office tomorrow - 0131 226 9270 or email scotland@baaf.org.uk #adoptfosterchat


thegrene
@PACTCHARITY @BAAF If my husband is Scottish, and I'm an American with permanent residency- can we adopt in Scotland? #adoptfosterchat


BAAFAdoption
@thegrene @PACTCHARITY Happy to answer! #adoptfosterchat


PACTCHARITY
@thegrene @BAAFAdoption happy to #adoptfosterchat


PACTCHARITY
@BAAFAdoption @Mum2Rocky_Mally yes agree but my exp has shown that there are mny bme adopters out there is the serv is rght #adoptfosterchat


thegrene
@PACTCHARITY @BAAFAdoption It's a bit premature, but you may be able to answer some of my obscure questions. #adoptfosterchat


PACTCHARITY
@spursblogger Identity for children growing up is important and aids self esteem, we need to encourage bme ppl to come fwd #adoptfosterchat


Mum2Rocky_Mally
@PACTCHARITY @BAAFAdoption @QuiverFullMummy definitely #adoptfosterchat


BAAFAdoption
@Mum2Rocky_Mally Children best placed w/ family of similar ethnicity bt shouldn't b compromised by delay -see adoptguidance #adoptfosterchat


Mum2Rocky_Mally
@BAAFAdoption exactly - common sense must prevail otherwise children may take too long to be placed #adoptfosterchat


PACTCHARITY
@thegrene @BAAFAdoption @FunkyBodmin maybe you should take the next step contact us #adoptfosterchat


PACTCHARITY
@BAAFAdoption @QuiverFullMummy I think that flexibility is important but keeping the identity needs of a child in mind #adoptfosterchat


thegrene
@BAAFAdoption @FunkyBodmin I'm one of those people! Adoption is my first choice! #adoptfosterchat


spursblogger
@PACTCHARITY I'm old enough to know how hard it has been to give identity prominence in first place. Hard won gains lost? #adoptfosterchat


BAAFAdoption
@FunkyBodmin Sorry to hear that - if you're experiencing problems pls call our advice line - http://bit.ly/mFGCam #adoptfosterchat


PACTCHARITY
@BAAFAdoption @FunkyBodmin we often have people who elect to adopt and this is seen as a positive #adoptfosterchat


BAAFAdoption
@QuiverFullMummy The idea of exact match does not help children as it's v hard to find #adoptfosterchat


BAAFAdoption
RT @FunkyBodmin: @BAAFAdoption system assumes 1 tried being a birth mother 1st. Some people simply want to adopt -gd thing? #adoptfosterchat


spursblogger
@PACTCHARITY my concern: lazy thinking will use this as 'excuse' to give identity needs of bme children lower priority #adoptfosterchat


BAAFAdoption
RT @QuiverFullMummy: #adoptfosterchat - forgot to do that. We had good experience - our sw was willing to loo… (cont) http://deck.ly/~aroFi


spursblogger
@PACTCHARITY I will RT to DfE and Tim Loughton. When I've finished cooking dinner... #adoptfosterchat


PACTCHARITY
@spursblogger there seems to be a shift, but still a recognition that we need to continue recruiting bme people #adoptfosterchat


BAAFAdoption
Anyone have strong feelings on ethnic matching? #adoptfosterchat


BAAFAdoption
If anyone would prefer to ask a question anonymously, email press@baaf.org.uk and we'll feed back into discussion for you #adoptfosterchat


PACTCHARITY
@spursblogger that would be a very good idea to address the issue of attracting more adopters for bme children #adoptfosterchat


spursblogger 
Practitioners: has recent debate re matching and culture created changes in your organisation's policies? #adoptfosterchat


spursblogger 
Suggestion: govt to sponsor advertising campaign for black adopters, carers, along lines of generic teaching ads #adoptfosterchat


bcadopt 
#adoptfosterchat happening now @BAAFAdoption


PACTCHARITY PACT 
PACT CHARITY in London is now launching an adoption service for Black and BME adopters #adoptfosterchat


BAAFAdoption
Anyone have any experiences to share? #adoptfosterchat


BAAFAdoption
Our new #BME homepage: http://bit.ly/r2kQky #adoptfosterchat


PACTCHARITY
@spursblogger thank you Alan, #adoptfosterchat


spursblogger
..good evening everyone. My background more fostering side, looking forward to this evening's discussion, happy to help #adoptfosterchat


BAAFAdoption
Any BME adopters joining us? #adoptfosterchat


PACTCHARITY
Jean Smith will be happy to answer your queries regarding BME adoption at #adoptfosterchat


spursblogger 
In central London, BAAF HQ, scores of white labcoated technicians huddle expectantly around flickering monitors....#adoptfosterchat


BAAFAdoption BAAF 
Evening all! A reminder that if you're joining the chatter tonight to tag your tweets with #adoptfosterchat



For more info and advice about adoption, head to the BAAF website. Details about our BME publications can be found on the BAAF online bookstore. For info about our recent conference, 'Matching in black and minority ethnic children', please email conferences@baaf.org.uk


Details about the next #adoptfosterchat will be announced shortly.







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