Monday, 26 September 2011

If I were Prime Minister: changing the care system

Matt Langford, 19, was in care for 9 years. During this time he had over 15 placements and two spells of homelessness. He now lives independently. Here he speaks frankly about changes he believes are needed in the care system and what he would do if he were Prime Minister for the day.

"If I was Prime Minister, and there were no budget restrictions, I would change the support provided to young people leaving care and wishing to pursue further education; the support and prevention provided during the transition period to independence; and the intervention, support and guidance provided to children and young people in and from care with mental health difficulties.

"I think that the current system deters care leavers of 19+ from going into further education as they are not able to claim any benefits and have no income. I would change it so that if a care leaver wanted to go into further education they would have the full support from the state as corporate parents regardless of its cost.

"I think that the current system also doesn't provide young people leaving care enough information or advice on what to expect when living independently. If I was Prime Minister I would start compulsory training 12 months before leaving care. The training would provide all the skills that are needed to live independently. I would also ensure that they had the option of further training on any part of their life.

"I think that the current mental health system also let's down its service users as there is an average of 12 months waiting list for support. If I were in charge I would ensure that as soon as a child or young person becomes looked after they have to have a full mental health MOT. They should also have consultations bi yearly after that to ensure that any mental health issues are detected early, and that support is provided to resolve the problem. I would also ensure that there are no waiting list's for looked after children and they can see someone when ever they want plus providing all the resources needed to ensure the service is top."

Many thanks to A National Voice for their help with this piece.










Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Thinking about adoption? Stick with it!

In the run up to National Adoption Week, we hear from Helen, an adoptive mum of two, who offers her advice to those thinking about adopting.

When you get to the point at which you feel adoption is right for you, you can usually expect a maddening response from the people you tell. They suck their teeth, much like a plumber pricing up a job, and say, 'oooh, isn't it really horrible and difficult to get through?' Then it's, 'Training, why do you need training? Regular parents don’t need training.' Well, no they don't, and perhaps they should, but this is very different. Besides, they don't train you to be a parent they train you to understand what it feels like to be adopted.

My partner and I adopted two children two years ago and contrary to what the teeth-sucking, concerned well-wishers might tell you, we actually enjoyed the process. Genuinely. And we're not the only ones. Thousands of successful adopted families would agree it's a process worth going through. But who knows how many people are put off by the negative attitudes surrounding adoption and never go through with it.   

You know how parents will tell you they could lift a car from off their child or stop a train with their own body because they love them so much? So could I. I absolutely know I could do any of those things if something threatened my children and I cannot believe there are any other parents out there who love theirs one drop more than we love ours. But to get to this point as an adoptive parent you have to go through the process. It is a means to a very wonderful end and not something to dread or be defensive about it.

There are some aspects to the adoption process that can feel a bit uncomfortable. It can take a long time, longer than the average pregnancy certainly. It can be difficult answering questions about your life and who you are. It can be tense, constantly waiting for meetings to happen and for a panel date to be set. But you know what? So it should be. Social workers that are assessing people to be prospective adoptive parents have a job to do and they absolutely have to get it right. The children they are placing with forever families deserve to go to parents who have been thoroughly checked out and have thoroughly thought it through. We're the grown ups. We can take a bit of discomfort for the sake of children who have had a tumultuous time.

The next time someone tells you they are thinking of adopting, don't tell them how hard it can be. Tell them what a wonderful thing it is they're doing. And if you're about to go through it, stick with it. It might just be the best thing you ever do.

If you have an adoption connection and would like to tell your story on our blog, email us at press@baaf.org.uk and let us know. If you'd like to get involved in National Adoption Week, why not enter our film competition?















Friday, 9 September 2011

Chat to us on Twitter about adoption search & reunion

Last night marked BAAF's fifth Twitter Chat, which this time focused on adoption search & reunion. 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 Barnardo's team, plus first hand experience from adoptive and prospective adoptive parents. Most recent tweets appear first.





BAAFAdoption In case you missed last night's #adoptfosterchat on adoption search & reunion, we'll be doing a roundup after lunch


miss_smudge @PottiJo glad to have found it thanks to #adoptfosterchat last night


Claireycloos @BAAFAdoption Sorry I missed the chat. Found birth parents  years ago. I don't regret it, but it's bloody hard at times! #adoptfosterchat


syirinsaid RT @barnardos:  mins till our live chat with @baafadoption. If you were adopted & have a question re search and reunion pls join us via #adoptfosterchat


theresauno @barnardos Thanks for #adoptfosterchat ...goodnight. T*


spursblogger RT @BAAFAdoption: Head to our blog tomorrow morning for a full roundup of tonight’s chat – http://t.co/pWGpL #adoptfosterchat


barnardos @Theresauno @BAAFAdoption Good night all and we've enjoyed being part of the cTweet wishing you all well #adoptfosterchat


AdoptResources RT @BAAFAdoption: Head to our blog tomorrow morning for a full roundup of tonight’s chat – http://t.co/gBoeVI #adoptfosterchat


Theresauno @BAAFAdoption Goodnight n thanx for gr #adoptfosterchat again! T*


bizzylizzyme @Theresauno Thanks. This is more what I mean #adoptfosterchat http://t.co/hUCVKvs Adoptive family destroyed.


barnardos @bizzylizzyme @BAAFAdoption adoptive parents can go back to LA or adoption agency to get support #adoptfosterchat


BAAFAdoption Head to our blog tomorrow morning for a full roundup of tonight’s chat – http://t.co/gBoeVI #adoptfosterchat


Theresauno @PottiJo @barnardos Glad it worked out so well for you Jo :) #adoptfosterchat


BAAFAdoption If anyone is seeking further advice/info on search & reunion, head to http://t.co/sNepG #adoptfosterchat


BAAFAdoption Thanks to everyone for joining us tonight! #adoptfosterchat





BAAFAdoption @bizzylizzyme Help lines available if needed: http://t.co/Z4JUaUW #adoptfosterchat
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BAAFAdoption @bizzylizzyme We would advise people to speak 2 the adoption agency who are there to support all those affected by adoption #adoptfosterchat
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PottiJo Right must go to a conference call or I'll miss it. Great twitter chat tonight on #adoptfosterchat
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Theresauno @PottiJo @barnardos Yes I think that's point Jo.It mst b huge emotional rollercoaster n sum kids mst feel worse bout selves #adoptfosterchat
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bizzylizzyme @BAAFAdoption Like the Aparents that have lost teenagers throuh Bparents contacting on FB? Who supports them? #adoptfosterchat
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PottiJo @AdoptResources Hi! Hope your well #adoptfosterchat
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PottiJo @barnardos @Theresauno Oh yes fine. I think that each person finds the way thats right for them. #adoptfosterchat
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AdoptResources @BAAFAdoption Just in and I've missed #adoptfosterchat :( hope it was a good one-will catch up on the blog tomorrow. X
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barnardos @PottiJo @Theresauno really understand how that happened hope you are OK now #adoptfosterchat
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BAAFAdoption @bizzylizzyme We aim to support all people involved in the adoption process throughout the generations #adoptfosterchat
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bizzylizzyme @baafadoption so why does your Top 10 tips on social networking not advise against contacting children on FB? #adoptfosterchat
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PottiJo @bizzylizzyme @BAAFAdoption If people thought adoption was all gloom and doom, no one would adopt! #adoptfosterchat
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barnardos @barnardos @Theresauno Yeah absolutely but if open channel about talking it through way be4 it might happen #adoptfosterchat
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bizzylizzyme @BAAFAdoption But you do encourage it with all the warm stories about old-style adoptees & sweet little old ladies #adoptfosterchat
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BAAFAdoption @bizzylizzyme @barnardos Our websites are v comprehensive for those who want contact as well as those who don't #adoptfosterchat
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PottiJo @barnardos @Theresauno I didn't give myself time to think & was unwell because of it, even though the outcome was brill. #adoptfosterchat
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bizzylizzyme @barnardos so why is BAAF always pushing reunion? #adoptfosterchat
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Theresauno @barnardos True but v hard I imagine for teenager/yp who just discovered birth family n maybe wants 2 'belong' 2 them #adoptfosterchat
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PottiJo @miss_smidge yay! I just saw you joined, welcome! #adoptfosterchat
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barnardos @Theresauno it is often good to take step at a time and give yourself space to think and absorb #adoptfosterchat
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PottiJo @Theresauno @barnardos I agree it is quicker. I communicated via email with my son and got to know him well before we met #adoptfosterchat
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PottiJo @miss_smidge if you write, you'd be welcome to join the new adopted adults support group at http://t.co/1q0Kf7M #adoptfosterchat
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Theresauno @barnardos Just saw yr post re; search n reunion progressin quicker on net. Very true like all social media relationships #adoptfosterchat
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PottiJo @barnardos @BAAFAdoption yeah, well I'm sure she'll work something out as has been through process with her first mother. #adoptfosterchat
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barnardos @PottiJo @BAAFAdoption maybge another birth relative might have an idea, have known that to happen #adoptfosterchat
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BAAFAdoption RT @miss_smidge: #adoptfosterchat If anyone fancies reading some stories of how I feel about adoption you can here http://j.mp/nPJ7xK
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PottiJo @BAAFAdoption I'm going to request my full records via local adoption team. I have birth cert but I'd like more paperwork. #adoptfosterchat
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IzziFranson @Theresauno @PottiJo They are Privsate Investigators who do a lot of intercountry adoption searches. US based I think. #adoptfosterchat
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BAAFAdoption @PottiJo She could go to Gen Registrar's Office or the court as they may have name of adoption agency #adoptfosterchat
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miss_smidge #adoptfosterchat If anyone fancies reading some stories of how I feel about adoption you can here http://j.mp/nPJ7xK
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IzziFranson @BAAFAdoption Ethiopia is independent adoptions. No agency in country. #adoptfosterchat
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Theresauno @PottiJo @IzziFranson They r international adoption/adoption fraud specialist I think..yes PIs?! #adoptfosterchat
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BAAFAdoption @IzziFranson Could try contacting agency that dealt with adoption #adoptfosterchat
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barnardos @PottiJo @IzziFranson Never heard of Max Woodrow #adoptfosterchat
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BAAFAdoption @IzziFranson Sorry - don't know of anyone using him #adoptfosterchat
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PottiJo @BAAFAdoption No I don't think so her birth birth mother won't tell her. #adoptfosterchat
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barnardos @PottiJo has she had her adoption records or court docus? It might be there #adoptfosterchat
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PottiJo @IzziFranson Gosh is that a PI? #adoptfosterchat
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BAAFAdoption @PottiJo Does she the agency that organised it? They may have a name for her #adoptfosterchat
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BAAFAdoption RT @miss_smidge: #adoptfosterchat If anyone fancies reading some stories of how I feel about adoption you can here http://j.mp/nPJ7xK
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PottiJo @BAAFAdoption I'm going to request my full records via local adoption team. I have birth cert but I'd like more paperwork. #adoptfosterchat
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IzziFranson @Theresauno @PottiJo They are Privsate Investigators who do a lot of intercountry adoption searches. US based I think. #adoptfosterchat
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BAAFAdoption @PottiJo She could go to Gen Registrar's Office or the court as they may have name of adoption agency #adoptfosterchat
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miss_smidge #adoptfosterchat If anyone fancies reading some stories of how I feel about adoption you can here http://j.mp/nPJ7xK
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IzziFranson @BAAFAdoption Ethiopia is independent adoptions. No agency in country. #adoptfosterchat
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Theresauno @PottiJo @IzziFranson They r international adoption/adoption fraud specialist I think..yes PIs?! #adoptfosterchat
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BAAFAdoption @IzziFranson Could try contacting agency that dealt with adoption #adoptfosterchat
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barnardos @PottiJo @IzziFranson Never heard of Max Woodrow #adoptfosterchat
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BAAFAdoption @IzziFranson Sorry - don't know of anyone using him #adoptfosterchat
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PottiJo @BAAFAdoption No I don't think so her birth birth mother won't tell her. #adoptfosterchat
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barnardos @PottiJo has she had her adoption records or court docus? It might be there #adoptfosterchat
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PottiJo @IzziFranson Gosh is that a PI? #adoptfosterchat
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BAAFAdoption @PottiJo Does she the agency that organised it? They may have a name for her #adoptfosterchat
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IzziFranson Do you know of anyone using Max Woodrow for overseas adoption birth family searches? #adoptfosterchat
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PottiJo I have a friend who want to trace her birth father but doesn't even have a name. Its ever so frustrating for her #adoptfosterchat
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BAAFAdoption Publications on search & reunion if anyone needs: http://t.co/NAYJB55 #adoptfosterchat
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Theresauno @bizzylizzyme Hi, here is an article from last yr that I think shares yr view. tinyurl.com/44x3kcx #adoptfosterchat
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PottiJo @bizzylizzyme I think there are much better channels of communication and info on life story than years ago #adoptfosterchat
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barnardos @bizzylizzyme it is not up to us to promote but respond to what adopted adults want its their choice always #adoptfosterchat
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BAAFAdoption @bizzylizzyme It's not about encouraging it, it's about giving people the option and the safety #adoptfosterchat
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PottiJo @bizzylizzyme I think thats the role of the agencies to help build the resilience and capacity of people to deal with it #adoptfosterchat
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bizzylizzyme #adoptfosterchat With the new generation of adoptees someone is going to get hurt. They're contacting dangerous people :(
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bizzylizzyme #adoptfosterchat if reunion needs such resilience why do you encourage it so much?
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barnardos @bizzylizzyme @BAAFAdoption @baafadoption we're able to respond pretty quickly to people needing assistance #adoptfosterchat
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PottiJo @Theresauno @BAAFAdoption Yeah especailly if child became a LAC first then adoption #adoptfosterchat
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Theresauno @PottiJo @BAAFAdoption Absoultely Jo that's why I think support is vital n online searchin shud b discouraged. #adoptfosterchat
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BAAFAdoption @Theresauno @PottiJo Safest way is to go through intermediary services #adoptfosterchat
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Theresauno @PottiJo @BAAFAdoption I guess birth families may also seek adopted children- who cud then b at risk? #adoptfosterchat
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PottiJo @BAAFAdoption I think people have to be resilient to deal with reunion. Cans of worms open as do old feelings resurfacing. #adoptfosterchat
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bizzylizzyme @barnardos @BAAFAdoption @baafadoption #adoptfosterchat Do you have enough counsellors?!!
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PottiJo @Theresauno @BAAFAdoption Interestingly my birth mother was also pleased to hear from me as I was to hear from my son. #adoptfosterchat
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BAAFAdoption Glad to hear all the positive stories but still take care on how you make contact - strong emotions involved #adoptfosterchat
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PottiJo @Theresauno @BAAFAdoption hahaha it was a shock... I asked a work colleague for a ciggie and they said, you don't smoke! #adoptfosterchat
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PottiJo @BAAFAdoption Brilliant all round! LOL I'm sure people are sick of reading about it! #adoptfosterchat
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Theresauno @PottiJo @BAAFAdoption Gosh..was it a complete shock Jo? How do u get yr head round that? #adoptfosterchat
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BAAFAdoption @PottiJo How did it work out for you in the end? #adoptfosterchat
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BAAFAdoption @Memma_Pie Come back to us if you ever want to talk about it #adoptfosterchat
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PottiJo @BAAFAdoption When my son traced me it was using the internet at first but then contact via letter #adoptfosterchat
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BAAFAdoption @Memma_Pie There are adoption agencies if you wanted to talk it over with someone - LA adoption team a good place to start #adoptfosterchat
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PottiJo @BAAFAdoption @Theresauno @confessionsmum open dialogue can help minimise need for children to hide their searching #adoptfosterchat
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barnardos @BAAFAdoption @bizzylizzyme @baafadoption would suggest using an Intermediary in such situations is advisable #adoptfosterchat
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JamesHarvey87 RT @barnardos: 10 mins till our live chat with @baafadoption. If you were adopted & have a question re search and reunion pls join us via #adoptfosterchat
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BAAFAdoption @PottiJo @Theresauno @confessionsmum Agree - important that children know full circumstances of their adoption #adoptfosterchat
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PottiJo @Theresauno @confessionsmum Yeah its a concern, hence the emphasis on ensuring adopters are open and honest with kids #adoptfosterchat
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BAAFAdoption @bizzylizzyme Absolutely. We would always recommend that you involve professional adoption workers to safeguard #adoptfosterchat
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BAAFAdoption RT @bizzylizzyme: @baafadoption #adoptfosterchat You do appreciate that it's potentially dangerous for some mo… (cont) http://t.co/4JPigxP
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BAAFAdoption @Theresauno Can only encourage them to understand risks beforehand: http://t.co/LyLLK3j #adoptfosterchat
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bizzylizzyme @baafadoption #adoptfosterchat You do appreciate that it's potentially dangerous for some modern adoptees to trace their abusers?
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PottiJo @confessionsmum wow, I've yet to meet my siblings but its on the cards! #adoptfosterchat
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Theresauno @PottiJo @confessionsmum Brill! I wonder bout kids using social media,not tellin adopters hence not gettin support? #adoptfosterchat
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barnardos @miss_smidge @BAAFAdoption Hi from Making Connections, Barnardo's. Generally easier to find men in public records #adoptfosterchat
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BAAFAdoption @Memma_Pie Sorry to hear that. Hope you've received support? #adoptfosterchat
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BAAFAdoption @confessionsmum Can you tweet the link? #adoptfosterchat
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PottiJo @BAAFAdoption I'm thinking of tracing my birth father actually! #adoptfosterchat
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BAAFAdoption @miss_smidge We also have a free tracing guide that can be downloaded: http://t.co/M3rxWnv #adoptfosterchat
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PottiJo @miss_smidge The Search and Reunion part of @BAAFAdoption is a great resource to start with. #adoptfosterchat
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BAAFAdoption @miss_smidge Here is a good place to start - hopefully you won't be swamped with info! http://t.co/KMY5wnl #adoptfosterchat
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miss_smidge @BAAFAdoption I have a lot of information, but no, no idea where to start! #adoptfosterchat
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BAAFAdoption RT @PottiJo: @BAAFAdoption Well I have been lucky in my search and reunion which has enriched my life. #adoptfosterchat
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BAAFAdoption Great to hear! RT @confessionsmum: @baafadoption #adoptfosterchat I found my birth parents 20 years ago. Still in contact today
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BAAFAdoption RT @miss_smidge: @BAAFAdoption I'm about to start mine so this will be very interesting to me #adoptfosterchat
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BAAFAdoption @miss_smidge Do you know where to start? #adoptfosterchat
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PottiJo @BAAFAdoption Well I have been lucky in my search and reunion which has enriched my life. #adoptfosterchat
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confessionsmum @baafadoption #adoptfosterchat I found my birth parents 20 years ago. Still in contact today
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LisaSandercock RT @barnardos: All you need to do to ask a question in the chat re search and reunion tonight is tweet using the hashtag #adoptfosterchat between 7-8pm
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miss_smidge @BAAFAdoption I'm about to start mine so this will be very interesting to me #adoptfosterchat
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BAAFAdoption Anyone got any search & reunion experiences to share? #adoptfosterchat
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BAAFAdoption Before we begin, a reminder that we recently put together Ten Top Tips re: adoption search & reunion - http://t.co/LyLLK3j #adoptfosterchat
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BAAFAdoption Welcome to the latest #adoptfosterchat, focusing on adoption search & reunion. We’re joined by the lovely people from @barnardos :)
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TuppyMagic RT @barnardos: If you have questions re searching for/making contact with birth & adoptive relatives join us & @baafadoption 2nite 7-8pm #adoptfosterchat
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patteamfareham RT @barnardos: 10 mins till our live chat with @baafadoption. If you were adopted & have a question re search and reunion pls join us via #adoptfosterchat
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spursblogger @barnardos @baafadoption search and reunion questions tonight at 7 on #adoptfosterchat
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Stephen824854 RT @barnardos: 10 mins till our live chat with @baafadoption. If you were adopted & have a question re search and reunion pls join us via #adoptfosterchat
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babciapat RT @barnardos: 10 mins till our live chat with @baafadoption. If you were adopted & have a question re search and reunion pls join us via #adoptfosterchat
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barnardos 10 mins till our live chat with @baafadoption. If you were adopted & have a question re search and reunion pls join us via #adoptfosterchat
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IVFcounsellor RT @BAAFAdoption: Can we get some RT love please? Adoption search & reunion #adoptfosterchat tonight, 7-8pm
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spursblogger @barnardos @baafadoption #adoptfosterchat on search and reunion tonight at 7
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Theresauno Have u bin affectd by search n reunion in adoption? @BAAFAdoption will be discussin issue in 15 mins Add #adoptfosterchat 2 tweets 2 join in
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BAAFAdoption @IzziFranson Yep - simply add #adoptfosterchat to end of your tweet :)
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zenscara RT @barnardos: If you have questions re searching for/making contact with birth & adoptive relatives join us & @baafadoption 2nite 7-8pm #adoptfosterchat
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SianLetley RT @BAAFAdoption: #adoptfosterchat: email press@baaf.org.uk if you'd like us to submit a question or comment anonymously for you
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BAAFAdoption @IzziFranson Primarily UK, although do feel free to ask outside of that come 7pm and we'll see if our expert can help #adoptfosterchat
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MissMuchly RT @barnardos: All you need to do to ask a question in the chat re search and reunion tonight is tweet using the hashtag #adoptfosterchat between 7-8pm
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MissMuchly RT @barnardos: If you have questions re searching for/making contact with birth & adoptive relatives join us & @baafadoption 2nite 7-8pm #adoptfosterchat
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LauzTheGeek RT @BAAFAdoption: @gayadoptionuk #adoptfosterchat tonight 7-8pm on adoption search & reunion. Could you RT please?
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BAAFAdoption You can watch tonight's #adoptfosterchat live form our blog: http://t.co/QP3bJV5
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nathanhickton RT @barnardos: If you have questions re searching for/making contact with birth & adoptive relatives join us & @baafadoption 2nite 7-8pm #adoptfosterchat
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drivingequality RT @barnardos: If you have questions re searching for/making contact with birth & adoptive relatives join us & @baafadoption 2nite 7-8pm #adoptfosterchat
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patteamfareham RT @barnardos: All you need to do to ask a question in the chat re search and reunion tonight is tweet using the hashtag #adoptfosterchat between 7-8pm
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cornishnickc RT @barnardos: If you have questions re searching for/making contact with birth & adoptive relatives join us & @baafadoption 2nite 7-8pm #adoptfosterchat
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Paulcoxon81 RT @BAAFAdoption: #adoptfosterchat: email press@baaf.org.uk if you'd like us to submit a question or comment anonymously for you
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BAAFAdoption @gayadoptionuk #adoptfosterchat tonight 7-8pm on adoption search & reunion. Could you RT please?
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Paulcoxon81 RT @BAAFAdoption: One hour to go until #adoptfosterchat! Join us if you'd like to discuss adoption search & reunion.
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barnardos All you need to do to ask a question in the chat re search and reunion tonight is tweet using the hashtag #adoptfosterchat between 7-8pm
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LiquidPersonnel RT @BAAFAdoption: One hour to go until #adoptfosterchat! Join us if you'd like to discuss adoption search & reunion.
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barnardos If you have questions re searching for/making contact with birth & adoptive relatives join us & @baafadoption 2nite 7-8pm #adoptfosterchat
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monstertalk RT @BAAFAdoption: One hour to go until #adoptfosterchat! Join us if you'd like to discuss adoption search & reunion.
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BAAFAdoption #adoptfosterchat: email press@baaf.org.uk if you'd like us to submit a question or comment anonymously for you
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BAAFAdoption One hour to go until #adoptfosterchat! Join us if you'd like to discuss adoption search & reunion.
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BAAFAdoption So we have @PottiJo and @Theresauno confirmed for tonight's #adoptfosterchat - who else will be joining us?
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PottiJo @BAAFAdoption I shall be joining you after all. My conference call is 8pm! So can be with you for most of #adoptfosterchat tonight!
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Claireycloos RT @BAAFAdoption: Can we get some RT love please? Adoption search & reunion #adoptfosterchat tonight, 7-8pm
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DiversityCShow RT @BAAFAdoption: Can we get some RT love please? Adoption search & reunion #adoptfosterchat tonight, 7-8pm
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diversityaward RT @BAAFAdoption: Can we get some RT love please? Adoption search & reunion #adoptfosterchat tonight, 7-8pm
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BAAFAdoption Can we get some RT love please? Adoption search & reunion #adoptfosterchat tonight, 7-8pm
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Theresauno RT @BAAFAdoption: Around 4 hours to go until #adoptfosterchat! Email press@baaf.org.uk if you need help ahead of tonight's discussion :)
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BAAFAdoption Around 4 hours to go until #adoptfosterchat! Email press@baaf.org.uk if you need help ahead of tonight's discussion :)
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BAAFAdoption If u want to see how previous Twitter Chats have gone b4 joining in tonight head over to our blog http://t.co/cZ8kr0F #adoptfosterchat
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EdForChoice RT @BAAFAdoption: Affected by #adoption search & reunion? Join us and @barnardos tonight 7-8pm to discuss. Tag tweets #adoptfosterchat
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barnardos RT @BAAFAdoption: Affected by #adoption search & reunion? Join us and @barnardos tonight 7-8pm to discuss. Tag tweets #adoptfosterchat
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BAAFAdoption Affected by #adoption search & reunion? Join us and @barnardos tonight 7-8pm to discuss. Tag tweets #adoptfosterchat
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PottiJo RT @BAAFAdoption: A quick reminder to join us and @barnardos tomorrow night 7-8pm to discuss #adoption search & reunion #adoptfosterchat
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confessionsmum “@BAAFAdoption A quick reminder to join us and @barnardos tomorrow night 7-8pm to discuss #adoption search & reunion #adoptfosterchat”
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danielfrench RT @BAAFAdoption: A quick reminder to join us and @barnardos tomorrow night 7-8pm to discuss #adoption search & reunion #adoptfosterchat
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BAAFAdoption A quick reminder to join us and @barnardos tomorrow night 7-8pm to discuss #adoption search & reunion #adoptfosterchat
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ValhallaSam RT@barnardos Who is joining us and @barnardos tomorrow at 7pm for our search & reunion #adoptfosterchat?
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ValhallaSam RT @BAAFAdoption: Who is joining us and @barnardos tomorrow at 7pm for our search & reunion #adoptfosterchat?
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barnardos RT @BAAFAdoption: Who is joining us and @barnardos tomorrow at 7pm for our search & reunion #adoptfosterchat?
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BAAFAdoption Who is joining us and @barnardos tomorrow at 7pm for our search & reunion #adoptfosterchat?
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AdoptResources @BAAFadoption are hosting #adoptfosterchat on twitter on Thursday from 7-8pm - all about search and reunion #adoption
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Theresauno RT @BAAFAdoption: Affected by #adoption search & reunion? Join us & @barnardos live on Twitter 8th Sept 7-8pm to discuss. Tag tweets #adoptfosterchat
3 days ago • reply • retweet • favorite


barnardos RT @BAAFAdoption: Affected by #adoption search & reunion? Join us & @barnardos live on Twitter 8th Sept 7-8pm to discuss. Tag tweets #adoptfosterchat
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spursblogger RT @BAAFAdoption: Affected by #adoption search & reunion? Join us & @barnardos live on Twitter 8th Sep 7-8pm to discuss Tag #adoptfosterchat
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BAAFAdoption Affected by #adoption search & reunion? Join us & @barnardos live on Twitter 8th Sept 7-8pm to discuss. Tag tweets #adoptfosterchat
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afteradoption RT @BAAFAdoption: Affected by #adoption search & reunion? Join us & @barnardos live on Twitter 8th Sept 7-8pm to discuss. Tag tweets #adoptfosterchat
7 days ago • reply • retweet • favorite


LeatherdaleNiel RT @BAAFAdoption: Affected by #adoption search & reunion? Join us & @barnardos live on Twitter 8th Sept 7-8pm to discuss. Tag tweets #adoptfosterchat
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BAAFAdoption Affected by #adoption search & reunion? Join us & @barnardos live on Twitter 8th Sept 7-8pm to discuss. Tag tweets #adoptfosterchat
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Details about the next #adoptfosterchat will be announced shortly.









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