Monday, 28 November 2011

National Adoption Week 2011

Film finalists Jo Galloway and Charlotte Carson
with BAAF Patron Clare Grogan
BAAF's Press Officer, Jane Elston looks back over this year's National Adoption Week...


Wow! This has been the busiest and most exciting National Adoption Week ever and we are just about recovering! I would like to start by saying a big THANK YOU to everyone, especially all our Adoption Champions, who supported us and helped make this year’s National Adoption Week such a success.

BAAF and the Fostering Network joined forces and were supported by the Government to create an ongoing campaign to recruit more adopters and foster carers. It was a lot of hard, but very exciting, work, especially during the run-up to National Adoption Week, but we got there! The result was the 'Give a Child a Home' campaign  which was launched as part of National Adoption Week.

BAAF’s Chief Executive, David Holmes and Adoption Champions, Avril, Karen and Tracy were invited to meet the Prime Minister, David Cameron at a children’s centre. This included a round table discussion where David Holmes and our Champions had the chance to share their views and experiences about adoption with the P.M.

ITV’s This Morning and The Sun newspaper were our media partners again and they featured 18 children throughout the week who need to be adopted. Over 300 members of the public have expressed an interest in offering the various children a home, so hopefully we will have good news about these children finding their ‘forever family’.

BAAF spokespersons and BAAF Adoption Champions were interviewed or featured over 180 times in the media. As well as This Morning and he Sun, the media outlets featuring National Adoption Week ranged from the Times to the Independent on Sunday, BBC Breakfast, Channel 4 News, Sky News and Channel Five’s Gabby Logan Show as well as radio stations and local papers across the UK.

For the very first time, a BAAF spokesperson took part in a web chat on Mumsnet! Our very own Jeffrey Coleman, Director of BAAF Southern Region joined adoptive mother and former MP Oona King in the web chat and I know he thoroughly enjoyed himself!

BAAF also hosted a special National Adoption Week twitter chat. Tim Loughton MP, the Under Secretary for State for Children and Families, and Broadcaster and BAAF Patron Nicky Campbell kindly joined us as our special guest Tweeters and the hour long tweetfest turned out to be our most popular ‘chat’ ever!

However, the highlight for many of us at BAAF was our film competition awards reception, held on the Tuesday of National Adoption Week. It was a chance for us to meet some of our Adoption Champions in person together with some of the filmmakers who entered our National Adoption Week film competition ‘What adoption means to me’. BAAF Patrons Nicky Campbell and Clare Grogan were on hand to announce the film competition winners and share their adoption experiences. In fact, the whole evening was full of people swapping their adoption stories; everywhere I turned there were smiles and hugs (and even a few tears – mostly mine). Whether someone was an adoptive parent, an adopted person or a BAAF supporter, for everyone it was simply a true celebration of adoption.






Monday, 21 November 2011

Diary of an Intern

Rebecca, who very kindly volunteered to help with National Adoption Week, shares her thoughts on what it was like being a BAAF intern
 


When I arrived for my first day as the press intern for National Adoption Week, I was very excited to learn that I had my own office. However, my delusions of grandeur were quickly put to rest when I was shown to the first aid room and confronted with an intimidating pile of reading material.

I was very grateful, though, to be given the chance to read-up on previous campaigns and gear myself up for what I was about to be a part of. I buried my head for the next day and a half until it became clear that there was only one thing left to do – get stuck in. I spent the rest of the day on the phone to adoption agencies trying to recruit media volunteers; people who would share their adoption story as part of the campaign. My job has been to drum up media attention in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and, I must say, I found the idea of being responsible for the success of the campaign in three different countries rather daunting.

For a while it felt as if I wasn’t getting anywhere because the process can be quite long; waiting for calls to be returned, decisions to be made and forms to be sent. This made it all the more exciting when I started to get some ‘yes’s. It was lovely to speak to people who were so willing to help and to read their adoption stories, which were all so different yet all concluded in the same way – how glad they were that they had made the decision to adopt.

I was worried that I didn’t have enough volunteers and that the press would make requests that I couldn’t keep up with, but I quickly learnt to just get on with things and work out the kinks as and when they arose. I felt responsible for making sure that the volunteers I had recruited had the opportunity to tell their story, so my next task was to try and make this happen.

I found that the biggest obstacle I faced was the fact that I was only here for two days a week. It was hard to maintain continuous contact with journalists when I sometimes had to wait a week to reply to their emails. However, the few occasions where I managed to make contact, find a volunteer and arrange an interview, all in less than 30 minutes made me feel like I was doing something right.

The week itself was the best part. It was amazing to be taking calls from the BBC during the day and then seeing the interview you helped to organised on the news that evening.












Monday, 14 November 2011

A poem by a foster child

(c) LadyDrgonflyCC
My foster child arrived during the summer holidays.She'd been sleeping rough for a week (in a local field) and when the police caught up with her, she was placed in their car, was driven to our house and was told she'd stay with us for the summer holidays. She had to leave her siblings and family behind and it's taken her a few months to settle in, get used to my husband and I and settle into a new school. (She decided she wanted to stay with us).

She's doing well all things considered. She's a very bright girl who doesn't really appreciate her full potential. When she's struggling with her feelings I ask her to write a poem about them. She's recently started doing this and has written a brilliant one that I feel should be shared for other kids and carers to read too.



A child all dirty comes into your home,

scared, frightened and feeling alone.

Wrapped in the system we call foster care,

at night they start missing that favourite teddy bear.

Please walk a mile in my shoes,

endure foster-parent dues.

Know how it feels to be judged by another,

because its said you're not the "real" mother.

If i'd known then, what I know today-

of the pain of fostering and the price I would pay-

Would I travel this road or say "Never, NO!"

If i'd known the trials years ago?

For we cannot go back, I cannot erase it,

What they've done to me, my mind cannot face it,

My heart's torn asunder, I can't save my parents from danger,

It's not in my power to stop or change them!

Do you know how it feels to not walk beside them?

to lose your place as their mentor and guider?

What is my role now? I'm really confused,

My self-esteem is battered and bruised.

What happened to us? I completely understand,

We all seemed attached years ago,

but my family's a shame.

I keep racking my brain with questions that taunt me.

WHY? WHY? WHY? continues to haunt me!

I'm hurt, angry, frustrated too,

I feel powerless, put-down, abandoned and blue,

at times I could give up- yes, wouldn't you?

But somehow I survive to fight anew!

I feel like i'm in a tug-of-war,

Without any rights to even the score,

tentatively trying to plan my attack,

to win a side, and repay them back!

How will I ever rebuild trust?

and heal the hurts if they're never discussed?

I've got to have time, counselling too!

To stay together and to work things through!


For more information about foster care, please visit the main BAAF website.






Tuesday, 8 November 2011

The twists and turns in my adoption journey

(c) zbigphotography
Adoption Champion, Michelle, adopted her daughter four years ago. Her journey has been full of twists and turns, not to mention many challenges. But, says Michelle, she's a better person for it.

"I have a medical condition, which means it's very risky to have children of my own. Some with my condition have tried, and been successful. Others haven't, and have paid with their lives, or both the mother and their baby. For us it just wasn't worth the risk.

"I was diagnosed when I was 15 and knew at 22 that becoming a mother naturally was going to be so difficult. From then until I was 30 I went on a big journey to come to terms with it. In meeting my husband I had reached the acceptance stage, and together we decided to start our adoption journey.

"We went through the process very quickly, I think because we are a mixed race couple. From start to finish it was about 17 months*. Our social worker was lovely and very supportive. She asked us lots of thought provoking questions, and our faith was explored very deeply.

"We were always very open with her. Often when we opened up she would tell us it was all perfectly normal anyway, and we always felt better for having said it. We felt it was better to be honest rather put on a pretence.

"Our lives have totally changed since our daughter came to live with us. At first I was constantly exhausted! I can't believe people didn't tell me how tired I would be. My friends said they did, but I wasn't ready to hear it at that point. I guess they're probably right.

"I feel like I've changed as a person too. I'm more patient, understanding and accepting. I believe that God doesn’t give you more than you can handle. That would certainly be true in our case.

"The biggest challenge for us was finding out that our daughter has global developmental delay. It wasn't picked up by anyone whilst she was in foster care, but we sensed something wasn't quite right. I couldn't put my finger on what was wrong, so I spoke to my health visitor. She suggested we go for further tests and it was confirmed that she was delayed in almost every area of her development. It's not a perfect situation, and my daughter's future diagnosis is unclear, but we're coping.

"In many ways it feels like we were meant to be together: with my own medical condition I understand how it feels to be having lots of appointments; I worked with special needs children; and both my husband and I have family backgrounds affected by divorce and the difficulties this creates. My husband doesn't know his birth father which may help our daughter in the future as they can have a conversation that maybe helpful to them both.

"Adoption is probably the hardest way to become a parent. It is amazingly rewarding, although this wasn't what we planned when we went through the matching part of the process I wouldn't change my life for the world. It changes you completely, but for the better. For anyone considering adoption it's important to remember that the process prepares you for some of the challenges you will face, but not all of them. Friends who are other adopters are key in helping you keep sane and not isolated! Don't be na├»ve – you'll need more than just love."

For more information about adoption visit the BAAF website.

*Adoption times vary. The average time between initial application and adoption order is approximately two years.

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Placing a child for adoption: A social worker's story

As National Adoption Week draws to a close, we hear from a social worker about the realities of placing a child for adoption.

I am a Team Manager for a South East based Adoption Team and have worked in adoption for 20 years. My teams co-work adoption cases with the child's social worker to steer them through the legal process, preparing children for new families, and recruiting, assessing and training adopters. It is challenging, frustrating, fascinating and rewarding! The rewards can be amazing, but the disappointments are big.

Placing a child whose very damage and trauma has been caused by an adult that they trusted, and then choosing and training an unrelated adult to re-parent them and encourage them to love again is complex. Oddly I find people understand this in the context of a rescue pet, which they expect to be withdrawn, fearful, aggressive and unpredictable, but they assume that children will respond positively as soon as their environment changes. You need to know how to give love to a child who may not want it and will take time to respond. You need to accept that other parents and even close family members may not understand your struggles. It takes a confident, resilient, grounded and secure person to do this and it is a very different role to birth parenting.

99% of children adopted in the UK today are from the care system. They are children who the courts have deemed cannot return to their birth families. The local authority must find a 'permanent substitute family' for them. Research has shown that the best outcomes for such children lie in adoption.

A misunderstanding is that all children in care need adoption when for most of these children, being in care is a temporary experience while their parents are unwell or need support. Another assumption is that we exist to assess anyone who wants to adopt, which adds to the pain for those we do not accept. They feel that we are deeming them 'inadequate or undeserving'. However, adoption agencies must find suitable families for their specific and finite group of children, so the number and kind of adopters accepted is determined by this, not by personal worth of the applicants. We get far more enquiries for very young children with no health or behavioural issues than we need, so we cannot accept all such applications. I understand the huge disappointment if we turn someone down as often adoption is the last resort for childless couples who want a family. We try to explain the reasoning but people can become angry and misunderstandings about our decisions spread. I cannot fix everything and I am employed to fix the child's situation not the adults', but I do have compassion.

The hardest thing for people to understand is why we turn people away when they read about a 'shortage of adopters'. It is not a numerical shortfall, rather a shortage of adopters for certain children - the over 4s, sibling groups and children with complex needs. That is why we focus on this group of children in National Adoption Week. It is not about accumulating numbers but finding special families for these children.

The reality for older and more complex children is that we rarely do the turning down; it is the adults who decline the child when they learn the extent of their problems.

So, if you can consider parenting a possibly sad, cross, mistrustful child where the potential rewards are enormous please contact your local adoption team. Help us to spread the word about what adoption is really about.

For more info and advice about adoption, head to the National Adoption Week website.

Friday, 4 November 2011

Chat to us on Twitter about National Adoption Week

Last night marked BAAF's National Adoption Week Twitter Chat, which focused on all the adoption news in the press this week. Read on below for a transcript of the chat, which included help and advice from BAAF's Chief Executive David Holmes, BAAF Patron Nicky Campbell, and Children's Minister Tim Loughton - plus first hand experience from adoptive and prospective adoptive parents. Most recent tweets appear first.

lornamiles RT @EmmaLangman: @Theresauno Absolutely agree! Hughes "Building the Bonds of Attachment" shld be compulsory fr all adopters,fosterers and soc/wrkrs #NAW2011 -8:03 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

ClareLWCooper RT @BAAFAdoption: Our #NAW2011 helpline open 8am-8pm tmrw & 9am-5pm Mon-Fri for rest of Nov: 0800 652 9626 Pls RT! -8:03 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

BAAFAdoption Thanks all for participating - check our blog tomorrow for a roundup - http://t.co/yPx8SDem #NAW2011 -8:03 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

mrsmooshoes RT @BAAFAdoption: For further info & advice on adoption visit the #NAW2011 website: http://t.co/xwkn2jMR -8:02 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

justmesathere @Jags_Catering I think we all kicked ass! Here's to us! Cheers, well done all #NAW2011 -8:02 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

mrsmooshoes @sallydwrites We had a similar experience. And seriously good quality social workers. #NAW2011 -8:02 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

EmmaLangman @Theresauno Absolutely agree! Hughes "Building the Bonds of Attachment" shld be compulsory fr all adopters,fosterers and soc/wrkrs #NAW2011 -8:02 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

DRLT RT @BAAFAdoption: Our #NAW2011 helpline open 8am-8pm tmrw & 9am-5pm Mon-Fri for rest of Nov: 0800 652 9626 Pls RT! -8:02 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Theresauno @Ginge007 @sallydwrites Absolutely agree! All 'my' children have had very successful adoptions n r thriving in their new families. #NAW2011 -8:02 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

BAAFAdoption Our #NAW2011 helpline open 8am-8pm tmrw & 9am-5pm Mon-Fri for rest of Nov: 0800 652 9626 Pls RT! -8:02 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

ropphil RT @david_daly: There are 1000's of children waiting to be adopted, feeling unloved !! I know that feeling let's make a change. I DID IT #naw2011 -8:02 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

spursblogger RT @BAAFAdoption: For further info & advice on adoption visit the #NAW2011 website: http://t.co/YQ9h1mfc -8:02 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

bizzylizzyme @BAAFAdoption Good point re babies. So how many of the 0-1's not placed are really in the running for adoption? #naw2011 -8:01 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

WELSHPAULA2 @hiapop @NickyAACampbell how true mine are always been thankful #NAW2011 -8:01 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

BAAFAdoption For further info & advice on adoption visit the #NAW2011 website: http://t.co/xwkn2jMR -8:01 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

gogo_rae RT @david_daly: I'm a single gay dad and so proud to have my daughter, the love I get from her is priceless xXx #naw2011 #nationaladoptionweek please RT -8:01 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

BAAFAdoption RT @sallydwrites: We felt valued by our local authority and were approved within 9 months, its not all bad news #NAW2011 -8:01 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

mrsmooshoes RT @sallydwrites: 'Naming and shaming' local authorities, not the answer, much more complex #NAW2011 -8:00 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

sallydwrites We felt valued by our local authority and were approved within 9 months, its not all bad news #NAW2011 -8:00 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

justmesathere @obotheclown the point is the children,if you kick ass,push things on,ask questions,remember your worth.things will move faster #NAW2011 -8:00 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

BAAFAdoption RT @hiapop: @NickyAACampbell Parents that adopt literally are life savers. #naw2011 -8:00 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

EmmaLangman @Theresauno If you have been following my tweets for a while you will know I hugely admire foster parents. As @dansumption knows :) #NAW2011 -8:00 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

WELSHPAULA2 @BAAFAdoption i know my mum and dad wouldnt have even coped with that ! #NAW2011 -8:00 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

mrsmooshoes @Ginge007 Also need to recruit quality social workers and remove some of the stigma/criticism - sw's easy targets for blame. #naw2011 -8:00 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

hiapop @NickyAACampbell Parents that adopt literally are life savers. #naw2011 -8:00 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

SimplySW RT @justmesathere: Hello lovely followers please RT this..let's get adoption trending #NAW2011 @BAAFAdoption -8:00 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

bizzylizzyme RT @lornamiles: @CKHarris85 Post adoption support is being hit by cutbacks, a friend has been offered a 2 yr support package for 5 year old! #NAW2011 -8:00 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

A470Training #naw2011 We decided to use vol agency (Barnardos Cymru) for to avoid LA delays, approved much faster & support has been awesome. -8:00 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

spursblogger RT @Ginge007: Need to recruit more social workers to reduce delay...Reforms won't work without ressources to work with families #NAW2011 -8:00 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

david_daly @mike_magoo bless you xXx #naw2011 -8:00 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Jags_Catering “@justmesathere: *stands down from soap box (for now)has GnT* #NAW2011” Will join u now - ! -8:00 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

midgethemouse #naw2011 I agree target setting isn't the remedy -8:00 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

ianpearse RT @david_daly: I'm a single gay dad and so proud to have my daughter, the love I get from her is priceless xXx #naw2011 #nationaladoptionweek please RT -8:00 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Theresauno @EmmaLangman @Jags_Catering ..the damage caused when a child who already struggles to trust ppl is let down! #NAW2011 -7:59 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Ginge007 @sallydwrites #Naw2011 Well said....too much neg publicity this week...focus should be on the positives of adoption...which are many! -7:59 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

BAAFAdoption RT @JudithDuck: @BAAFAdoption #NAW2011 We adopted a sibling group 6 years ago very tough very rewarding sa… (cont) http://t.co/e1cG0Ir2 -7:59 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

david_daly All week I have been doing interviews for the press I'll do anything to give a child a home I know the rewards xXx #naw2011 -7:59 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

EmmaLangman @BAAFAdoption Eldest was spookily angelic for 2 yrs. 1st time in trouble at school - we wre plsd! Knew 5yo knows is safe - 4evr #NAW2011 :) -7:59 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Jacksmam05 RT @david_daly: I'm a single gay dad and so proud to have my daughter, the love I get from her is priceless xXx #naw2011 #nationaladoptionweek please RT -7:59 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

theotheralig RT @david_daly: I'm a single gay dad and so proud to have my daughter, the love I get from her is priceless xXx #naw2011 #nationaladoptionweek please RT -7:59 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

bizzylizzyme @CIAMarquees @UKPeopleFinder I don't think finding applies so much in modern adoption. Can't see Baby P's sisters wanting reunion! #naw2011 -7:59 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

JudithDuck @BAAFAdoption #NAW2011 We adopted a sibling group 6 years ago very tough very rewarding sad to see how rare it is, thought many more would -7:59 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Rachel_Jasper RT @Coram: Coram is one of the fastest and most efficient adoption services in England. Find out more now http://t.co/GnrGjmta #NAW2011 -7:58 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

BAAFAdoption RT @david_daly: The day I got my daughter !! Best feeling ever xXx #naw2011 #nationaladoptionweek http://t.co/NCQSCLM2 -7:58 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

HeidiRodriguez_ RT @CIAMarquees: If anyone would like to find their biological parents I recommend @UKPeopleFinder #NAW2011 -7:58 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

WELSHPAULA2 @jessica_emmett we are lucky then lol #NAW2011 -7:58 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

FionaSalsa RT @BAAFAdoption: We need adopters now for older children, sibling groups and disabled children #NAW2011 http://t.co/JS0hHZs8 -7:58 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Coram Coram is one of the fastest and most efficient adoption services in England. Find out more now http://t.co/GnrGjmta #NAW2011 -7:58 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

robertcgage @bizzylizzyme Never heard of that but will now look it up. #naw2011 -7:58 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

justmesathere *stands down from soap box (for now)has GnT* #NAW2011 -7:58 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

mrsmooshoes @timloughton But do you worry that the pressure of league tables might result in councils pushing cases through too fast? #naw2011 -7:58 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

lornamiles @CKHarris85 Post adoption support is being hit by cutbacks, a friend has been offered a 2 yr support package for 5 year old! #NAW2011 -7:58 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

sallydwrites 'Naming and shaming' local authorities, not the answer, much more complex #NAW2011 -7:58 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Theresauno @EmmaLangman @Jags_Catering My aim has never been to adopt bt 2 help multiple children thru fostering?! I have also seen the .. #NAW2011 -7:58 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

BAAFAdoption @bizzylizzyme Because not all babies are available for adoption - many will return to birth parents/extended family #NAW2011 -7:57 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

david_daly The day I got my daughter !! Best feeling ever xXx #naw2011 #nationaladoptionweek http://t.co/1KEZALgU -7:57 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

loopyb_75 RT @david_daly: I'm a single gay dad and so proud to have my daughter, the love I get from her is priceless xXx #naw2011 #nationaladoptionweek please RT -7:57 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

WinceyWillis1 RT @david_daly: There are 1000's of children waiting to be adopted, feeling unloved !! I know that feeling let's make a change. I DID IT #naw2011 -7:57 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

bizzylizzyme Sibling adoption is another area for careful thought. So many people don't understand about Trauma Bond which can be devastating #naw2011 -7:57 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

EmmaLangman @BAAFAdoption Eldest screamed for 3 days on arriving. We were prepared. GREAT sign (tho sad)- hd bonded to foster- strong bond t us #NAW2011 -7:57 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

cjhancock RT @justmesathere: Adoption is a word,a beautiful word , a normal word with and extraordinary meaning #NAW2011 get this trending people- come on let's kick ass -7:57 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

midgethemouse #naw2011 @WELSHPAULA2 my son was my foster child hence his BPs not only know who we are but have visited our home - I am pro-openness -7:57 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

satsandhu @Ginge007 Adoption should feature in all courses.Many SWs clueless as to what makes an adoptive placement last.#NAW2011 -7:56 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

CIAMarquees If anyone would like to find their biological parents I recommend @UKPeopleFinder #NAW2011 -7:56 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

BAAFAdoption @WELSHPAULA2 Most adoptions now have letterbox exchange - not face to face contact #NAW2011 -7:56 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

robertcgage @BAAFAdoption @midgethemouse They have sped up the process for criminal trials but life changing family cases take for ever. #naw2011 -7:56 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

StoriesForTots RT @david_daly: I'm a single gay dad and so proud to have my daughter, the love I get from her is priceless xXx #naw2011 #nationaladoptionweek please RT -7:56 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

bizzylizzyme @BAAFAdoption Why do babies need to be safely fostered? More info pls #naw2011 -7:56 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

BAAFAdoption @JudithDuck No national figures on number of siblings adopted, but over 400 groups currently waiting for adoptive parents #NAW2011 -7:55 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

jessica_emmett @WELSHPAULA2 #NAW2011 lolz I normally assume peoples parents are lovely until told other wise =P I have lovely ones too =) -7:55 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

EmmaLangman @BAAFAdoption Yup. And charity we went through has tiny breakdown, even for tough cases - thanks to FAB support :) #NAW2011 -7:55 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

sallydwrites CAMHS is also very patchy, ours is dreadful, no one seems to overlook nationally #NAW2011 -7:55 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Jags_Catering #naw2011 we were told that Monmouthshire council would not even start the process for 18 months - so we went out of area -7:55 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

midgethemouse #naw2011 of the 65000 or so kids in care probably less than 5% are available for adoption, many are accommodated -7:55 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

GayDaid RT @david_daly: I'm a single gay dad and so proud to have my daughter, the love I get from her is priceless xXx #naw2011 #nationaladoptionweek please RT -7:55 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

BAAFAdoption @nellieberta So pleased for you! Love to hear more stories like this #NAW2011 -7:54 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

WELSHPAULA2 @midgethemouse my mum and dad adopted me in 1967 they told me they wouldnt do it now as most adoptions are open with contact #NAW2011 -7:54 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

JudithDuck @BAAFAdoption @bizzylizzyme #NAW2011 wow is that all... how many sibling groups or are those figures not available? -7:54 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

bizzylizzyme SW delays, like long-term sick, family-friendly hours, disorganisation etc. Can private sector come in to sort some of this? #naw2011 -7:54 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

CKHarris85 RT @headsgalore: Any adoption now needs to be set up with ongoing support for both the Child and adoptive parents #NAW2011 -7:53 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

BAAFAdoption @midgethemouse That's why we need to speed up court process - http://t.co/D8APB6q2 #NAW2011 -7:53 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

EmmaLangman @Theresauno @Jags_Catering #NAW2011 I get u r reflecting agency's views. But what do u think? Is it sub-consciously #selfulfillingprophecy? -7:53 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Simple_John1 #naw2011 You give a social worker a clipboard and a questionnaire, it's going to cause a whole load of problems. -7:53 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

BAAFAdoption @bizzylizzyme And very important to remember that the majority of young babies do not need to be adopted, but safely fostered #NAW2011 -7:53 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

nobblybobbly46 RT @david_daly: Please twitter make my week let's get this trending I know we can do it for the kids xXx #nationaladoptionweek #naw2011 now all RT -7:53 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

nellieberta @BAAFAdoption approved in september & hubby & I have just been matched with a 17 month old little boy!Worth the home study 100% ;o) #NAW2011 -7:53 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

AdeleWebb1 RT @david_daly: I'm a single gay dad and so proud to have my daughter, the love I get from her is priceless xXx #naw2011 #nationaladoptionweek please RT -7:53 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

sallydwrites @Ginge007 Yes I agree, our authority is limited on recruitment of adopters due to budget. #NAW2011 -7:53 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

headsgalore Any adoption now needs to be set up with ongoing support for both the Child and adoptive parents #NAW2011 -7:53 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

trudders1980 RT @david_daly: I'm a single gay dad and so proud to have my daughter, the love I get from her is priceless xXx #naw2011 #nationaladoptionweek please RT -7:53 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

midgethemouse #naw2011 the family court delays also mean that little ones become settled in foster homes waiting for court decisions -7:52 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Lynn262 RT @david_daly: Over 35,000 children in the care system all they want is to be loved and some where to call home xXx #naw2011 #nationaladoptionweek -7:52 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

bizzylizzyme Tho parents path to adoption needs to take some time for reflection it's the needless delays of SWs that wind us up most #naw2011 -7:52 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

DianeDavies RT @david_daly: I'm a single gay dad and so proud to have my daughter, the love I get from her is priceless xXx #naw2011 #nationaladoptionweek please RT -7:52 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Theresauno @bizzylizzyme @EmmaLangman @Jags_Catering Don't think that was wot they meant. They just prefer new or adoptive Mum n Dad #NAW2011 -7:52 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

BAAFAdoption @bizzylizzyme 2,170 children aged 1-4 adopted from care in England last year #NAW2011 -7:52 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

justmesathere @robertcgage yes, exactly...sadly too often #NAW2011 -7:52 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

david_daly I'm a single gay dad and so proud to have my daughter, the love I get from her is priceless xXx #naw2011 #nationaladoptionweek please RT -7:52 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

robertcgage @dannavalentine Addressing the inconsistency across local authorities. But it may just be shifting a problem. #naw2011 -7:51 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Ginge007 Need to recruit more social workers to reduce delay...Reforms won't work without ressources to work with families #NAW2011 -7:51 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

midgethemouse #naw2011 @dave_daly the point is that actually they need a whole lot more than love -7:51 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

WELSHPAULA2 @BAAFAdoption oh yes definitly also had an adopted brother for my 5th birthday ,its wonderful #NAW2011 -7:51 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

BAAFAdoption Disruption rates for v young children are v low @EmmaLangman #NAW2011 -7:50 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

justmesathere @Foodie_Joanne too many cases like this! #NAW2011 -7:50 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Jags_Catering RT @EmmaLangman: @Theresauno @Jags_Catering I know around 30% breakdown nationally. Charity we went to, less thn 3% Proper prep & post-adopt support #NAW2011 -7:50 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

bizzylizzyme @Theresauno @BAAF 0-5 fine, but the emphasis is so much on 0-1. 60 babies last year, but how many 0-2 or 3? Many more I think #naw2011 -7:50 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Theresauno @Jags_Catering @EmmaLangman Jst give up?! I foster children wiv complex difficulties am just tellin u local adoption agency views. #NAW2011 -7:50 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

robertcgage @justmesathere Not just delay. Very often prevent the process from even starting. #naw2011 -7:50 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

lornamiles we mustn't forget that for some children adoption isn't the answer #NAW2011 -7:50 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

justmesathere @timloughton just how long will we wait for a standardised system across the country? #NAW2011 -7:49 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

david_daly Over 35,000 children in the care system all they want is to be loved and some where to call home xXx #naw2011 #nationaladoptionweek -7:49 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

EmmaLangman @Theresauno @Jags_Catering I know around 30% breakdown nationally. Charity we went to, less thn 3% Proper prep & post-adopt support #NAW2011 -7:49 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

BAAFAdoption @WELSHPAULA2 Great to hear! Adoption works! #NAW2011 -7:49 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

WELSHPAULA2 @jessica_emmett must add i have been lucky to have fabulous mum and dad #NAW2011 -7:48 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

bizzylizzyme RT @midgethemouse: #naw2011 I hope there is recognition here that 1960's adoption is a world away from present day adoption? -7:48 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

howard_parsons RT @Sue27Gillett: #naw2011 I am the successful product of adoption aged 2 weeks by wonderful parents and would encourage anyone who wants a child to go for it -7:48 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Jacksmam05 RT @BAAFAdoption: We need adopters now for older children, sibling groups and disabled children #NAW2011 http://t.co/JS0hHZs8 -7:48 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

spursblogger @mum_to10 sadly that is true stimes. But many dedicated social workers are frustrated and furious with system too #NAW2011 -7:48 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Jacksmam05 RT @BAAFAdoption: Freephone helpline if anyone needs info or advice on adoption: 0800 652 9626 #NAW2011 Open until 8 this eve -7:48 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

NickyAACampbell @bizzylizzyme never ever easy #naw2011 -7:48 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

robertcgage Just a thought but should adoption be taken away from councils and put into a central agency such as BAAF? #naw2011 -7:48 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Lynn262 RT @david_daly: Just by RT you are making people notice it's #nationaladoptionweek that one tweet could find a child a home come on twitter xXx #naw2011 -7:47 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

BAAFAdoption @midgethemouse Good point - adoption has changed SO much #NAW2011 -7:47 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

bizzylizzyme @BAAFAdoption Exactly! Prospectives need to be led to think through whether they want the youngest child at all costs. #naw2011 -7:47 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

midgethemouse #naw2011 I hope there is recognition here that 1960's adoption is a world away from present day adoption? -7:47 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

BAAFAdoption @Theresauno Agree, but need to find families for older children too - they're depending on us #NAW2011 -7:47 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

justmesathere FACT! Variations in authorities delay adoption processes.You know it, I know.Pull your finger out and take action David Cameron #NAW2011 -7:47 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

satsandhu @timloughton @Jags_Catering Even greater savings possible than Harrow's but money needs redirecting into supporting adopters.#NAW2011 -7:47 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

robertcgage @TheM3Diaries @BAAFAdoption Aw, bless him! We're not sure when to start telling ours they are adopted. It can be confusing. #naw2011 -7:47 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

theglorymill RT @david_daly: Welcome to all my new followers xXx I'll get round to saying hello soon !! But please spread the word about adoption #naw2011 -7:47 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

sallydwrites Better support equals more adopters, especially for siblings #NAW2011 -7:46 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

BAAFAdoption @TheM3Diaries And one day he just might be! #NAW2011 -7:46 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Theresauno @bizzylizzyme True - but I also think the figures indicate that most adopters do want children in the 0-5 age bracket #NAW2011 @BAAF ? -7:46 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

wonkotsane RT @Sue27Gillett: #naw2011 I am the successful product of adoption aged 2 weeks by wonderful parents and would encourage anyone who wants a child to go for it -7:46 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

bizzylizzyme @EmmaLangman @Theresauno @Jags_Catering Agreed. You shouldn't give kids the slightest inkling it might be temporary. Like Marriage #naw2011 -7:45 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

jessica_emmett @WELSHPAULA2 #NAW2011 =O Awesome =D It hard looking along the road, many here tonight have been down it already -7:45 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

BAAFAdoption @Theresauno That's why social workers try hard to get right match - & why adoption support matters so much #NAW2011 -7:45 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

justmesathere Ty for the RT people...you will all receive extra sparkles for the rest of the week #NAW2011 -7:45 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

davidcornock RT @Sue27Gillett: #naw2011 I am the successful product of adoption aged 2 weeks by wonderful parents and would encourage anyone who wants a child to go for it -7:45 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

timloughton @SatSandhu #NAW2011 already makes financial sense 4 councils 2 support quality adoption support to help quality placement permanently -7:45 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

DaffodiliOnline RT @BAAFAdoption: We need adopters now for older children, sibling groups and disabled children #NAW2011 http://t.co/JS0hHZs8 -7:45 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Jags_Catering @Theresauno @emmalangman #naw2011 So do you just give up ? -7:45 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

TheM3Diaries @BAAFAdoption Our 4 yo son is just beginning to understand he is adopted, sometimes he gets a bit confused "I'm a doctor!" he says. #NAW2011 -7:45 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

ToryMemo RT @Sue27Gillett: #naw2011 I am the successful product of adoption aged 2 weeks by wonderful parents and would encourage anyone who wants a child to go for it -7:45 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

SeyiCedarEvents RT @justmesathere: @SeyiCedarEvents @Jags_Catering @nickyaacampbell I'm a community artist...I intend to focus my work from now on around adoption #NAW2011 -7:44 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

BAAFAdoption @bizzylizzyme There are so many children waiting for adoption today - majority not babies #NAW2011 -7:44 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Theresauno @EmmaLangman @Jags_Catering Know where u r comin from bt doesn't alter fact that sum adoptions break down n kids trust broken #NAW2011 -7:44 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

david_daly Just by RT you are making people notice it's #nationaladoptionweek that one tweet could find a child a home come on twitter xXx #naw2011 -7:44 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Jags_Catering “@timloughton: @Jags_Catering @satsandhu #naw2011 Harrow Council with Coram as partners r saving £440k thru better adoption system” -7:44 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

justmesathere @SeyiCedarEvents @Jags_Catering @nickyaacampbell I'm a community artist...I intend to focus my work from now on around adoption #NAW2011 -7:44 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

GreyDayGirl RT @justmesathere: Hello lovely followers please RT this..let's get adoption trending #NAW2011 @BAAFAdoption -7:44 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

WELSHPAULA2 @jessica_emmett im a happy adoptee placed at a few days old now a happy grandmother #NAW2011 -7:44 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

dannavalentine @BAAFAdoption #NAW2011 has dual task of promoting awareness AND the diverse individuals we work with. Must remember adoption breakdown. -7:44 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

bizzylizzyme @Theresauno More interaction and more thought. SWs assume we all want babies - some don't. #naw2011 -7:44 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

jessica_emmett @Ginge007 #NAW2011 "Adoptive Genes" love it! =P -7:44 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Fostersbristol RT @BAAFAdoption: RT @Sue27Gillett: #naw2011 I am the successful product of adoption aged 2 weeks by wonderful parents and woul… (cont) http://t.co/lbbz4F1x -7:44 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

KallyBlueEyes RT @justmesathere: Hello lovely followers please RT this..let's get adoption trending #NAW2011 @BAAFAdoption -7:43 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

EmmaLangman @Theresauno @Jags_Catering A child wouldn't feel less rejection because the parent didn't say 'forever'! Kids see actions;not words #NAW2011 -7:43 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Lynn262 RT @david_daly: Welcome to all my new followers xXx I'll get round to saying hello soon !! But please spread the word about adoption #naw2011 -7:43 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

timloughton @Jags_Catering @satsandhu #naw2011 irony is that Harrow Council with Coram as partners r saving £440k thru better adoption system -7:43 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

jessica_emmett @Jags_Catering #NAW2011 i've always been on the fence about having kids. but open to the idea, wounding if it's harder or easier as adoptee -7:43 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

WeAreParents RT @BAAFAdoption: We need adopters now for older children, sibling groups and disabled children #NAW2011 http://t.co/JS0hHZs8 -7:43 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

robertcgage @timloughton Thank you Minister. Inconsistency of service a real theme this evening. #naw2011 -7:43 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

BAAFAdoption RT @Sue27Gillett: #naw2011 I am the successful product of adoption aged 2 weeks by wonderful parents and woul… (cont) http://t.co/lbbz4F1x -7:42 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Lynn262 RT @david_daly: There are 1000's of children waiting to be adopted, feeling unloved !! I know that feeling let's make a change. I DID IT #naw2011 -7:42 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

BAAFAdoption RT @Sue27Gillett: #naw2011 I am the successful product of adoption aged 2 weeks by wonderful parents and would encourage anyone who wants a child to go for it -7:42 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

david_daly Welcome to all my new followers xXx I'll get round to saying hello soon !! But please spread the word about adoption #naw2011 -7:42 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

vpj4242 RT @justmesathere: Hello lovely followers please RT this..let's get adoption trending #NAW2011 @BAAFAdoption -7:42 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Theresauno @bizzylizzyme Absolutely! Right child -right parents - right match! Why I think more interaction needed before move. #NAW2011 -7:42 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Sue27Gillett #naw2011 I am the successful product of adoption aged 2 weeks by wonderful parents and would encourage anyone who wants a child to go for it -7:42 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

bizzylizzyme @NickyAACampbell D'you think reunion is appropriate for modern adoptees? You make it look so easy but I don't think it is any more #naw2011 -7:41 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

BAAFAdoption @spursblogger Ring fencing has helped in the past - perhaps worth thinking about #NAW2011 -7:41 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

timloughton @robertcgage #naw2011 1st transparency, then OFSTED with new inspection procedures& intervention if necessary but all should learn from best -7:41 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

misspenders RT @justmesathere: Adoption is a word,a beautiful word , a normal word with and extraordinary meaning #NAW2011 get this trending people- come on let's kick ass -7:41 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

pinkneonmartini RT @justmesathere: Adoption is a word,a beautiful word , a normal word with and extraordinary meaning #NAW2011 get this trending people- come on let's kick ass -7:41 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

mattpoo RT @justmesathere: Adoption is a word,a beautiful word , a normal word with and extraordinary meaning #NAW2011 get this trending people- come on let's kick ass -7:41 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

andrewtiny RT @justmesathere: Adoption is a word,a beautiful word , a normal word with and extraordinary meaning #NAW2011 get this trending people- come on let's kick ass -7:41 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Jags_Catering “@jessica_emmett: #NAW2011 Any of you adoptees as well as i've been thinking about kids?” I'm both ! -7:41 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

justmesathere Adoption is a word,a beautiful word , a normal word with and extraordinary meaning #NAW2011 get this trending people- come on let's kick ass -7:40 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

robertcgage @mum_to10 @BAAFAdoption @mum_to10 @BAAFAdoption Missed this originally, sorry. You are an inspiration! Keep up the good work. #naw2011 -7:40 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

SeyiCedarEvents RT @Jags_Catering: “@NickyAACampbell: @justmesathere - finding people like you to do it! #naw2011 More like you and other celebs -7:40 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

chocotabulous RT @BAAFAdoption: We need adopters now for older children, sibling groups and disabled children #NAW2011 http://t.co/JS0hHZs8 -7:40 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

gemma1981 RT @BAAFAdoption: BAAF statement re: the Norgrove Review of Family Justice http://t.co/D8APB6q2 #NAW2011 -7:40 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

david_daly There are 1000's of children waiting to be adopted, feeling unloved !! I know that feeling let's make a change. I DID IT #naw2011 -7:39 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

EmmaLangman @Theresauno @Jags_Catering If can't promise forever; shldn't adopt. How can child trust u if u don't even trust ur own commitment? #NAW2011 -7:39 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

spursblogger Yet budgets being cut not increased. Can govt ring fence money for adoption? Sorely needed or else will be bogged down in LA cuts #NAW2011 -7:39 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

lornamiles @mrsmooshoes I agree but sometimes the issues are so obvious it's clear its a no go from the start #NAW2011 -7:39 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

BAAFAdoption @StotheJizzle We agree - adoption is a life-long process #NAW2011 -7:39 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

jessica_emmett #NAW2011 There seems to be a lot of people that/trying to adopt here. Any of you adoptees as well as i've been thinking about kids? -7:38 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

bizzylizzyme RT @BAAFAdoption: We need adopters now for older children, sibling groups and disabled children #NAW2011 http://t.co/JS0hHZs8 -7:38 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

beakelsand RT @david_daly: Please twitter make my week let's get this trending I know we can do it for the kids xXx #nationaladoptionweek #naw2011 now all RT -7:38 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

bizzylizzyme @sallydwrites Not just attachment! Teachers don't learn normal child development so they haven't a clue when things go wrong #naw2011 -7:38 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

spursblogger Throwing money at prob not enough. However, more social workers, efficient admin, better training all desperately needed ...#NAW2011 -7:38 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

WeAreParents RT @bizzylizzyme: Lead time for adopters less important than u think, as it's a mental journey from parent tfo adopter. We were 3 yrs start 2 finish #naw2011 -7:38 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

BAAFAdoption @bizzylizzyme So true - people often talk about chemistry when they find right child for them #NAW2011 -7:38 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Theresauno RT @spursblogger: Court delays and too great a leeway for birth family to challenge and stall remains key factor...#NAW2011 -7:38 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

justmesathere @BAAFAdoption yes! LOVE THAT :) #NAW2011 -7:38 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Lynn262 RT @david_daly: Ok I have only 606 followers some of you have 1000's get them to RT let the world be aware it's #naw2011 #nationaladoptionweek let's do it -7:37 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

BAAFAdoption @dannavalentine Agree we need targeted recruitment - many agencies v experienced at this #NAW2011 -7:37 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Janeopot RT @david_daly: Please twitter make my week let's get this trending I know we can do it for the kids xXx #nationaladoptionweek #naw2011 now all RT -7:37 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

justmesathere @NickyAACampbell talking is the key indeed. Thank you and people like you #NAW2011 -7:37 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

bizzylizzyme RT @satsandhu: #NAW2011 Every child having a funding package follwoing them is the best way forward to ensure they they what they need to stay adopted! -7:37 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

StotheJizzle Lets not forget it doesn't stop once the match is made.Recurring issues in the adptn triangle may need addressing for years to come #NAW2011 -7:36 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

mansellmum RT @david_daly: Please twitter make my week let's get this trending I know we can do it for the kids xXx #nationaladoptionweek #naw2011 now all RT -7:36 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

mrsmooshoes RT @sallydwrites: All teachers need to be aware of attachment difficulties too #NAW2011 -7:36 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Theresauno @EmmaLangman @Jags_Catering I think that is exactly the thinking! Sadly adoptions do fail n children been told it was 'forever' #NAW2011 -7:36 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

bizzylizzyme @Theresauno It was less of a challenge than we thought! For us age was less important than the right child #naw2011 -7:36 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

mrsmooshoes @lornamiles It's a balance though, perhaps better in the long run for children to know a thorough assessment made before adoption? #naw2011 -7:36 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

CKHarris85 @bizzylizzyme so true! #naw2011 -7:36 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

bethandellie RT @david_daly: Ok I have only 606 followers some of you have 1000's get them to RT let the world be aware it's #naw2011 #nationaladoptionweek let's do it -7:36 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

BAAFAdoption RT @JudithDuck: @sallydwrites that is so true - training for all professionals involved with adopted children vital #NAW2011 -7:36 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

dannavalentine @BAAFAdoption older, sib groups& disabled children need specialist care surely resulting in more stringent recruitment of adopters? #NAW2011 -7:36 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

JudithDuck @sallydwrites that is so true - training for all professionals involved with adopted children vital #NAW2011 -7:36 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Jags_Catering “@NickyAACampbell: @justmesathere - finding people like you to do it! #naw2011 More like you and other celebs -7:35 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

misspenders RT @david_daly: Ok I have only 606 followers some of you have 1000's get them to RT let the world be aware it's #naw2011 #nationaladoptionweek let's do it -7:35 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

lornamiles @sallydwrites That is a reallly big issue and education outcomes for adopted and fostered children wont change until they do #NAW2011 -7:35 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

spursblogger Court delays and too great a leeway for birth family to challenge and stall remains key factor...#NAW2011 -7:35 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

mansellmum RT @david_daly: Ok I have only 606 followers some of you have 1000's get them to RT let the world be aware it's #naw2011 #nationaladoptionweek let's do it -7:35 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

bizzylizzyme More important is a post-adoption package for every single child.It's crazy to just bung 'em with a family and run #naw2011 -7:35 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

WinceyWillis1 RT @david_daly: Ok I have only 606 followers some of you have 1000's get them to RT let the world be aware it's #naw2011 #nationaladoptionweek let's do it -7:35 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

abyirving RT @justmesathere: Hello lovely followers please RT this..let's get adoption trending #NAW2011 @BAAFAdoption -7:35 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

nellieberta RT @BAAFAdoption: We need adopters now for older children, sibling groups and disabled children #NAW2011 http://t.co/JS0hHZs8 -7:35 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

robertcgage @ClareLWCooper @sallydwrites @BAAFadoption I dealt with Welsh councils. Usually one of the charities can point you in the right dir #naw2011 -7:35 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

CKHarris85 RT @spursblogger: RT @sallydwrites: Every child adopted from care should have a complete support package which follows them #NAW2011 -7:35 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

NickyAACampbell @grimsullivan my real parents are my adoptive mum and dad but we have a right to know dna. good parents know that too #naw2011 -7:35 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

CKHarris85 RT @justmesathere: Hello lovely followers please RT this..let's get adoption trending #NAW2011 @BAAFAdoption -7:35 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

mum_to10 @BAAFAdoption We have been trying for the last 2 months to apply for a disabled child #NAW2011 -7:34 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

WELSHPAULA2 my favourite cartoon from me a very happy adoptee #NAW2011 http://t.co/8nT3bE5Z -7:34 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

nellieberta RT @BAAFAdoption: Freephone helpline if anyone needs info or advice on adoption: 0800 652 9626 #NAW2011 Open until 8 this eve -7:34 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

BAAFAdoption RT @david_daly: All parents get love form there children, for me it's so much more it's a dream come true. Thanks to adoption #naw2011 -7:34 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

nellieberta RT @BAAFAdoption: More personal stories on adoption via our blog: http://t.co/pHkbgEcB #NAW2011 -7:34 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

bizzylizzyme Lead time for adopters less important than u think, as it's a mental journey from parent tfo adopter. We were 3 yrs start 2 finish #naw2011 -7:34 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Theresauno @bizzylizzyme Well done - so many older children - particularly boys who stand little chance of adoption. #NAW2011 -7:34 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

david_daly All parents get love form there children, for me it's so much more it's a dream come true. Thanks to adoption #naw2011 -7:34 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

satsandhu #NAW2011 Every child having a funding package follwoing them is the best way forward to ensure they they what they need to stay adopted! -7:34 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

lornamiles 25 years ago children were taken away too quickly, now they are left with the family for too long resulting in more complex needs #NAW2011 -7:34 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

therealsamadams RT @BAAFAdoption: We need adopters now for older children, sibling groups and disabled children #NAW2011 http://t.co/JS0hHZs8 -7:34 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

EmmaLangman @Theresauno @Jags_Catering @canditamas My goal for them: happy, independent adults - but I will ALWAYS be their Mum (&birthMumistoo)#NAW2011 -7:34 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

sallydwrites All teachers need to be aware of attachment difficulties too #NAW2011 -7:34 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

EmmaLangman @Theresauno @Jags_Catering @canditamas You mean your geographical area? Like an adoptive Mum might be temporary? I'm theirs always #NAW2011 -7:34 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

NickyAACampbell @justmesathere got to keep talking - keep saying how amazing it is - finding people like you to do it! #naw2011 -7:33 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

spursblogger Welcome recognition that urgent changes required in adoption, but I fear league tables are blunt instrument... #NAW2011 -7:33 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

justmesathere @Jags_Catering @nickyaacampbell Dam right! There are enough positive adoption stories for 365 days of the year #NAW2011 -7:33 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

BAAFAdoption We need adopters now for older children, sibling groups and disabled children #NAW2011 http://t.co/JS0hHZs8 -7:33 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

robertcgage @timloughton And again, what can you do to address under performing councils? #naw2011 -7:33 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Jags_Catering “@sharonewilson: Adopted at 6 wks, just turned 50, biological mum unmarried #naw2011” Why not meet ? I did great result for me ... -7:33 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

bizzylizzyme Hello! Adopted hard2place older boy 11 years ago. Now a lovely 6th former #naw2011 -7:32 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

BAAFAdoption @justmesathere Did you see that National Adoption Week was trending on Monday? #NAW2011 -7:32 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Theresauno @robertcgage @sallydwrites Totally agree Robert - so much variation from county to county! #NAW2011 -7:32 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Foodie_Joanne RT @justmesathere: Hello lovely followers please RT this..let's get adoption trending #NAW2011 @BAAFAdoption -7:32 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

spursblogger RT @sallydwrites: Every child adopted from care should have a complete support package which follows them #NAW2011 -7:32 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

WELSHPAULA2 another humourous adoption cartoon #NAW2011 http://t.co/1A7eX6IU -7:32 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

BAAFAdoption RT @justmesathere: Hello lovely followers please RT this..let's get adoption trending #NAW2011 @BAAFAdoption -7:32 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Jags_Catering @justmesathere @nickyaacampbell #naw2011 Positive press stories 12 months of the year Western mail in Wales has been a disgrace -7:32 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

justmesathere Hello lovely followers please RT this..let's get adoption trending #NAW2011 @BAAFAdoption -7:31 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

bizzylizzyme RT @sallydwrites: Every child adopted from care should have a complete support package which follows them #NAW2011 -7:31 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

sharonewilson Adopted at 6 wks, just turned 50, biological mum unmarried, never met but I'm very happy and hope she is too. #naw2011 -7:31 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Theresauno @NickyAACampbell @Leanne_Cee That is not always a child's view though! #NAW2011 -7:31 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

bizzylizzyme RT @BAAFAdoption: RT @david_daly: Ok I hav only 606followers some of you have 1000s get them to RT let the world be aware it's #naw2011 #nationaladoptionweek -7:30 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

BAAFAdoption It's not always easy, but we are here to help you - 0800 652 9626 (lines open until 8pm) #NAW2011 -7:30 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Lynn262 RT @david_daly: Please twitter make my week let's get this trending I know we can do it for the kids xXx #nationaladoptionweek #naw2011 now all RT -7:30 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

robertcgage @sallydwrites Goes back to postcode lottery on adoption. Huge inconsistencies between social services departments. #NAW2011 -7:30 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Jags_Catering @sallydwrites get support before finalising adoption - it's hard to do that but necessary #naw2011 -7:30 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Theresauno @sallydwrites Agree 100% ! Support package #NAW2011 -7:29 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

bybecks @lornamiles so with u! All 7 kids taken away in b/family but still took 8 mnths to decide what to do when b/mum pregnant with 8th #NAW2011 -7:29 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

satsandhu @Jags_Catering @timloughton Our research @PACTCHARITY this year showed true benefits 2 all when adoption is well funded & supported.#NAW2011 -7:29 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

justmesathere @NickyAACampbell how do we keep the positive profile of adoption ongoing Niki? This weeks been electric! I'm a woman on a mission #NAW2011 -7:29 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

sallydwrites @Jags_Catering You make it sound easy, many of us battle for years for support. #NAW2011 -7:29 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Lynn262 RT @david_daly: I'll be joining the one and only @sarahjgorrell tomorrow on drive I'm sure I'll be talking adoption xXx #naw2011 #nationaladoptionweek -7:28 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Jags_Catering “@Theresauno: @EmmaLangman @Jags_Catering @canditamas 'Forever Mummy' is discouraged in our area. #NAW2011” Where is that ? -7:28 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Theresauno @sallydwrites A failing with some adoptions - not enough after adoption support! Contact @BAAFAdoption for advice. I feel for you. #NAW2011 -7:28 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

BAAFAdoption @lornamiles Family Justice Review has reported today & wants to speed up court proceedings for children #NAW2011 -7:28 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Jags_Catering “@lornamiles: Children are often stuck in the system whilst their family members who clearly aren't suitable are assessed #NAW2011” Yep ! -7:27 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

BAAFAdoption RT @QuiverFullMummy: #naw2011. We've adopted 2 mixed children after 3 birth children. Our sw was great at link… (cont) http://t.co/Te8lQOl0 -7:27 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

lornamiles Children are often stuck in the system whilst their family members who clearly aren't suitable are assessed #NAW2011 -7:27 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

mumofgayteen RT @david_daly: Ok I have only 606 followers some of you have 1000's get them to RT let the world be aware it's #naw2011 #nationaladoptionweek let's do it -7:27 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Jags_Catering @sallydwrites you can get support - financial emotional medical -#naw2011 -7:27 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

BAAFAdoption RT @QuiverFullMummy: #naw2011. We've adopted 2 mixed children after 3 birth children. Our sw was great at link… (cont) http://t.co/roLrHOUg -7:27 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

bybecks @mum_to10 agree - but often damned if they do/damned if they don't - and usually under resourced! #NAW2011 -7:26 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

BAAFAdoption RT @david_daly: Ok I hav only 606followers some of you have 1000s get them to RT let the world be aware it's #naw2011 #nationaladoptionweek -7:26 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Jags_Catering @satsandhu @timloughton more expensive to leave a child in care so if it was a financial decision it's a no brainer But it's not #naw2011 -7:25 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Theresauno @BAAFAdoption True but I don't think many ppl know that hence a lot of children adopted by ppl who are more financially stable. #NAW2011 -7:25 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

david_daly Ok I have only 606 followers some of you have 1000's get them to RT let the world be aware it's #naw2011 #nationaladoptionweek let's do it -7:25 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Jags_Catering @mum_to10 @baafadoption #naw2011 People do get rejected but govt announcement removed a lot of the barriers to adoption But is it working ? -7:25 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

sallydwrites Every child adopted from care should have a complete support package which follows them #NAW2011 -7:25 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

bybecks @satsandhu absolutely agree! Adoption is a wonderful thing but don't underestimate stamina and resources required! #NAW2011 -7:25 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

BAAFAdoption @mrsmooshoes Great to hear! #NAW2011 -7:25 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

mrsmooshoes @Ginge007 Well said! Not all experiences of the adoption process are bad. Ours was very positive. #NAW2011 -7:24 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

jessica_emmett @doonhamer @BAAFAdoption #NAW2011 I actually started this Adopted the Comic a few years ago check it out =) www.adoptedthecomic.com -7:24 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Ioan_Said RT @NickyAACampbell: from @Leanne_Cee I imagine adoptive parents would be the best parents you could have. They choose to take you on as their family #naw2011 -7:24 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

gopaldass RT @BAAFAdoption: Freephone helpline if anyone needs info or advice on adoption: 0800 652 9626 #NAW2011 Open until 8 this eve -7:24 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Theresauno @EmmaLangman @Jags_Catering @canditamas 'Forever Mummy' is discouraged in our area. #NAW2011 -7:24 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

justmesathere @BAAFAdoption fact! Anyone can adopt.Yes there is a process, rightly so but the gift at the end is priceless #PureLove #NAW2011 -7:24 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

mum_to10 @BAAFAdoption I don't need advice I have adopted 6 times I need social workers to do their job #NAW2011 -7:24 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

NickyAACampbell from @Leanne_Cee I imagine adoptive parents would be the best parents you could have. They choose to take you on as their family #naw2011 -7:23 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Ginge007 Am adopted - Now adopting myself. It's life changing & amazing. Anyone thinking about it ... Don't be put off by neg publicity! #NAW2011 -7:23 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

subtitlesonly RT @david_daly: Please twitter make my week let's get this trending I know we can do it for the kids xXx #nationaladoptionweek #naw2011 now all RT -7:23 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

BAAFAdoption @mum_to10 It is - follow the #NAW2011 hashtag -7:23 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

satsandhu @timloughton Will there be more funding 2 support adopted children if we can find more families? It is clear these children need it.#NAW2011 -7:23 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

doonhamer Love this! RT @WELSHPAULA2: @BAAFAdoption humourous approach to adoption #NAW2011 http://t.co/UfB1KRG2 -7:23 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

BAAFAdoption @Theresauno Sometimes financial support is available #NAW2011 -7:23 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

sallydwrites We parent traumatised children with almost no support, we need HELP #NAW2011 -7:23 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

mum_to10 @BAAFAdoption I thought this was a chat #NAW2011 -7:22 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

NickyAACampbell @sharonewilson I wish you well Sharon. Questions answered #naw2011 -7:22 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Theresauno @BAAFAdoption @Memma_Pie Mine haven't! Admittedly most have bt nt all. Many ppl believe they cannot afford 2 adopt - and can't! #NAW2011 -7:22 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

ChristinaMaroc RT @david_daly: Please twitter make my week let's get this trending I know we can do it for the kids xXx #nationaladoptionweek #naw2011 now all RT -7:22 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

BAAFAdoption Also visit #NAW2011 website - lots of info & case studies there: http://t.co/fiFD89yB -7:22 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Ideas_Factory RT @BAAFAdoption: Freephone helpline if anyone needs info or advice on adoption: 0800 652 9626 #NAW2011 Open until 8 this eve -7:22 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

mum_to10 @Jags_Catering people do come forward but are rejected for ridiculous reasons #NAW2011 -7:22 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

NickyAACampbell RT @Jags_Catering: “@Jags_Catering: if you insist @NickyAACampbell http://t.co/ZMYtahlH”” #naw2011 -7:22 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

bybecks RT @david_daly: Please twitter make my week let's get this trending I know we can do it for the kids xXx #nationaladoptionweek #naw2011 now all RT -7:21 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

BAAFAdoption Freephone helpline if anyone needs info or advice on adoption: 0800 652 9626 #NAW2011 Open until 8 this eve -7:21 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Jags_Catering “@Jags_Catering: if you insist @NickyAACampbell http://t.co/ZMYtahlH”” #naw2011 -7:21 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

justmesathere RT @david_daly: Please twitter make my week let's get this trending I know we can do it for the kids xXx #nationaladoptionweek #naw2011 now all RT -7:21 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

hilsofhove RT @david_daly: Please twitter make my week let's get this trending I know we can do it for the kids xXx #nationaladoptionweek #naw2011 now all RT -7:20 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

mrsmooshoes @EmmaLangman We use "tummy mummy" too - and have a photo of birth mum in her room. It's working well for us so far! #naw2011 -7:20 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

david_daly It so is not one regret xXx RT @BAAFAdoption: @david_daly So true - people who adopt say it's most amazing thing they've done #NAW2011 -7:20 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

SeyiCedarEvents @Jags_Catering @nickyaacampbell @baafadoption caught between watching hubby on @OHTV sky channel 199 & #NAW2011 twitter chat -7:19 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

BAAFAdoption More personal stories on adoption via our blog: http://t.co/pHkbgEcB #NAW2011 -7:19 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

StoriesForTots RT @david_daly: Please twitter make my week let's get this trending I know we can do it for the kids xXx #nationaladoptionweek #naw2011 now all RT -7:19 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

robertcgage @bybecks Good on you #naw2011 -7:19 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

david_daly @2Moms_and_baby bless you and well done darlings xXx #naw2011 #nationaladoptionweek -7:19 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

BAAFAdoption @david_daly So true - people who adopt say it's most amazing thing they've done #NAW2011 -7:19 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Jags_Catering @timloughton well done if you have ! #naw2011 -7:19 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

david_daly Having the love it get everyday would not have been possible unless I had the chance to adopt best feeling ever xXx #naw2011 -7:18 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

NickyAACampbell @BAAFAdoption what do I do? #naw2011 -7:18 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

NickyAACampbell @Jags_Catering you should tweet the link to your BAAFtar award winning film! #naw2011 -7:17 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

BAAFAdoption @Memma_Pie Not always the case - adopters are recruited from all walks of life. Being good parent not dependent on income #NAW2011 -7:17 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

timloughton @Jags_Catering #naw2011 secret shopper a good idea but how do know we haven't done it already ??!! -7:17 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

mrsmooshoes @timloughton Do you worry that the pressure of league tables will result in councils pushing cases through too fast? #naw2011 -7:17 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

2Moms_and_baby @david_daly were gay adopters xx #NAW2011 -7:17 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

bybecks @robertcgage had the same experience. Too many chiefs..... We weren't so intimidated the 2nd time round! #NAW2011 -7:17 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

EmmaLangman @Jags_Catering @canditamas We use "forever Mummy" & "tummy Mummy". It works well.And is true. Birth Mum is ALSO their Mum #adoption #naw2011 -7:16 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

BAAFAdoption RT @david_daly: @NickyAACampbell I'm ready to chat about any gay people thinking about adoption xXx #naw2011 -7:16 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

robertcgage @Jags_Catering @timloughton Pity you have no jurisdiction over Cardiff....#naw2011 -7:16 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

david_daly @NickyAACampbell I'm ready to chat about any gay people thinking about adoption xXx #naw2011 -7:16 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

MatthewJRudd @WinceyWillis1 Twitter chat on adoption starting about now, using the hashtag #naw2011. -7:16 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

robertcgage @BAAFAdoption Had to read riot act to management a couple of times, but the ground troops were excellent. #naw2011 -7:15 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

BAAFAdoption @ClareLWCooper Call our freephone helpline & speak to advisor: 0800 652 9626 #NAW2011 -7:15 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Jags_Catering @NickyAACampbell welcome ! #NAW2011 -7:15 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Jags_Catering @timloughton #naw2011 why not get your team to ring 30 councils tomorrow and enquire as a potential adopter ? -7:15 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

spursblogger @timloughton will govt fund ongoing ads for adopters and foster carers along lines of successful campaign for teachers? #NAW2011 -7:15 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

david_daly RT @NickyAACampbell: ready for twitter chat on adoption #naw2011 -7:15 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Theresauno #NAW2011 Reduce waiting times without compromising the matching process. -7:14 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

BAAFAdoption @NickyAACampbell Welcome! #NAW2011 -7:14 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

WELSHPAULA2 @BAAFAdoption humourous approach to adoption #NAW2011 http://t.co/i3pk1uTk -7:14 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

BAAFAdoption @BAAFAdoption Adopters need to be seen as resource for children, not resource for agencies #NAW2011 -7:14 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

NickyAACampbell ready for twitter chat on adoption #naw2011 -7:14 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

david_daly Please twitter make my week let's get this trending I know we can do it for the kids xXx #nationaladoptionweek #naw2011 now all RT -7:14 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

BAAFAdoption @robertcgage So glad to hear that! #NAW2011 -7:14 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

bybecks @BAAFAdoption has the system changed? We were held to ransom by LA and described as "their resource" as they'd paid for training! #NAW2011 -7:14 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

BAAFAdoption RT @robertcgage: @Theresauno The council we used were very resourceful on the whole. Fast-tracked for siblings. #naw2011 -7:13 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

robertcgage @Theresauno The council we used were very resourceful on the whole. Fast-tracked for siblings. #naw2011 -7:13 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

timloughton @Jags_Catering #naw2011 we have published performance tables and will continue to do so to see how coucils are doing and keep on their case -7:13 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

BAAFAdoption @ClareLWCooper There should b no blanket bans in adoption - being overweight is health issue, should not b an automatic bar #NAW2011 -7:13 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

jessica_emmett #NAW2011 evening =) -7:13 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

2Moms_and_baby #NAW2011 @BAAFAdoption I will give u a call to disscuss... They already hold 3 panels a week !! -7:12 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Theresauno Visit potential adopters a.s.a.p, sum authorities wait until adopters have attended day course possibly months later #NAW2011 -7:12 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

BAAFAdoption @Jags_Catering We want adoption to be as welcoming as possible - you can always approach more than 1 agency #NAW2011 -7:11 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

robertcgage @Jags_Catering @timloughton Adoption shouldn't be a postcode lottery. Waste of council resources for a start, going out of area. #naw2011 -7:11 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

bybecks @2Moms_and_baby it isn't! #NAW2011 -7:10 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Jags_Catering #naw2011 see people there is a demand but potential adopters are being turned away. In business I don't let a sale go away !! -7:10 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

BAAFAdoption @2Moms_and_baby You should ask agency to hold an extra panel meeting - call us if you want to tlk through 0800 652 9626 #NAW2011 -7:10 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

mum_to10 @BAAFAdoption to save undue delays for the children. #confused #NAW2011 -7:10 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

bybecks @robertcgage 1e have siblings; (2 youngest of family of 7) adopted son, found b/mum pregnant - still took sw's a further 8 months! #naw2011 -7:09 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

mum_to10 @BAAFAdoption we are not approved for a 7th child , it seems social workers would rather search for months for a approved family #NAW2011 -7:09 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

david_daly I'll be joining the one and only @sarahjgorrell tomorrow on drive I'm sure I'll be talking adoption xXx #naw2011 #nationaladoptionweek -7:08 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Jags_Catering @timloughton anything changed since your announcement earlier this year ?anyone from your department rung up councils & checked #naw2011 -7:07 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

2Moms_and_baby @timloughton we have a match with a child and have since Oct but soonest panel is feb... How can this be right?? #NAW2011 -7:07 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

mum_to10 @robertcgage @BAAFAdoption We have adopted twins with disabilities #NAW2011 -7:07 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

BAAFAdoption @robertcgage Great news - there is a chronic shortage of adopters for sibling groups - #NAW2011 http://t.co/CLy7MBzh -7:07 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

robertcgage @BAAFAdoption Went to another LA and got it sorted. Now have two boys. Why don't more people go for siblings? #naw2011 -7:06 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

mum_to10 @BAAFAdoption very difficult , have very blinkered views #NAW2011 -7:05 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

thedailytenet #NAW2011 Racism not discriminatory insist councils http://t.co/Q38RUgOo -7:05 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

boggybogston Adopted 2 amazing children and in the system for a 3rd. Looking forward to tonights chat #NAW2011 -7:05 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

BAAFAdoption @Jags_Catering Disappointing. Why don't you call us to talk further? 0800 652 9626 #NAW2011 -7:05 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Saint_tom RT @corinnewatt: RT @AdoptionUK: Don't forget to tune into the @TonightITV programme on #adoption tonight - ITV 7:30pm or later on ITVPlayer #NAW2011 -7:05 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

mum_to10 @BAAFAdoption I know but you try talking to social workers #NAW2011 -7:04 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Jags_Catering @BAAFAdoption #naw2011 but we were turned away from councils when we approached them for a child ! -7:04 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

BAAFAdoption @robertcgage If you need any help, call our #NAW2011 freephone helpline on 0800 652 9626 -7:04 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

2Moms_and_baby Hi @timloughton I had the pleasure of being at the adoption roundtable discussion #NAW2011 -7:04 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

BAAFAdoption @mum_to10 We have featured some in the national media this week #NAW2011 -7:03 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

BAAFAdoption @mum_to10 Great news - there are a number of disabled children waiting for families right now #NAW2011 -7:03 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

robertcgage @Jags_Catering Iron out inconsistent approach between LA adoption agencies. Still waiting for local council to get back to us! #naw2011 -7:03 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

david_daly My daughter has used my glitter eye liner to make a birthday card !! xXx #nationaladoptionweek #naw2011 -7:02 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

BAAFAdoption @Jags_Catering Agencies have recruitment campaigns throughout the yr & NAW site is live all yr - need to make people more aware #NAW2011 -7:02 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

justmesathere @BAAFAdoption @timloughton @NickyAACampbell good evening chaps #NAW2011 -7:01 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Jags_Catering So how do we create a demand for more people to come forward to adopt 12 months a year and not just during #naw2011 -7:01 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

BAAFAdoption Welcome all - we have @timloughton and @NickyAACampbell joining us - please make them feel welcome #NAW2011 -7:00 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

2Moms_and_baby #NAW2011 is it time to chat yet? -7:00 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

timloughton @Jags_Catering @canditamas #adoption #naw2011 love it -6:59 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

SeyiCedarEvents My husband @solusanya will be joining a discussion on adoption on Real Talk at 7pm on OH TV Sky channel 199 @BAAFAdoption #NAW2011 @PottiJo -6:57 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Jags_Catering My tweet of the week “@canditamas: "Adoption means you grew in your mommy's heart instead of her tummy" Unknown #adoption” #naw2011 -6:57 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

psfnick RT @EmmaLangman: Why not trade a few days' reflection during #NAW2011 for THOUSANDS of mornings waking up grinning & thinking "I'm a Mum!" (or Dad) #adoption -6:57 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

BAAFAdoption A reminder to all joining in tonight to tag tweets with #NAW2011 so that other can follow :) -6:57 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

BAAFAdoption @ClareLWCooper Excellent! Remember to tag tweets with #NAW2011 so others can follow the discussion -6:55 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

EmmaLangman Why not trade a few days' reflection during #NAW2011 for THOUSANDS of mornings waking up grinning & thinking "I'm a Mum!" (or Dad) #adoption -6:54 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

BAAFAdoption @Jags_Catering Excellent - our film comp winner returns! #NAW2011 #NAW2011 -6:54 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Jags_Catering “@BAAFAdoption: 8 mins to go until #NAW2011 National Adoption Week chat! Who's joining us?” Me of course ! -6:53 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

BAAFAdoption 8 mins to go until #NAW2011 National Adoption Week chat! Who's joining us? -6:52 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

SeyiCedarEvents RT @timloughton: Looking forward to joining Twitter conversation on adoption tonight at #NAW2011 -6:45 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Marc_Bush RT @BAAFAdoption: Head here to watch our 7pm Twitter Chat unfold live: http://t.co/hOmuBs6z #NAW2011 -6:39 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

StotheJizzle Have to admit to being emotionally wornout on day four of #NAW2011. As a journalist and an adoptee it's been quite a week. #adoption -6:39 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

BAAFAdoption RT @timloughton: Looking forward to joining Twitter conversation on adoption tonight at 7pm #NAW2011 -6:35 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

tompainespirit @timloughton #NAW2011 keep the focus on the kids and the need to reduce delay to improve outcomes. -6:31 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

corinnewatt RT @AdoptionUK: Don't forget to tune into the @TonightITV programme on #adoption tonight - ITV 7:30pm or later on ITVPlayer #NAW2011 -6:30 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

timloughton Looking forward to joining Twitter conversation on adoption tonight at #NAW2011 -6:29 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

timloughton RT @BAAFAdoption: Head here to watch our 7pm Twitter Chat unfold live: http://t.co/hOmuBs6z #NAW2011 -6:27 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Fostersbristol RT @BAAFAdoption: Head here to watch our 7pm Twitter Chat unfold live: http://t.co/hOmuBs6z #NAW2011 -6:14 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

BAAFAdoption Head here to watch our 7pm Twitter Chat unfold live: http://t.co/hOmuBs6z #NAW2011 -6:07 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

SeyiCedarEvents RT @Jags_Catering: Tonight 7pm - 8 join in the Twitter debate please use the hash tag #naw2011 @SeyiCedarEvents @nickyaacampbell @baafadoption -5:50 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

zondervan New post: #adoption book "Before You Were Mine" is an inspiring how-to on telling ur child's life story http://t.co/jlOZLcRT #NAW2011 -5:37 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

SuzyKnight RT @Coram: Have a nice evening all, don't forget documentary on ITV1, 7.30pm for National Adoption Week #NAW2011 -5:27 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Alavalley23 RT @rick_morton: As Christians, the “right” answer is that we adopt as an outworking of our faith, no more and no less. @#NAW2011 #orphansunday @Orphanology -5:19 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

H_J_S_D @jlampon thank you it is appreciated and thanks for helping #naw2011 -5:16 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

mlle_Ayad RT @Coram: Have a nice evening all, don't forget documentary on ITV1, 7.30pm for National Adoption Week #NAW2011 -5:13 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Coram Have a nice evening all, don't forget documentary on ITV1, 7.30pm for National Adoption Week #NAW2011 -5:11 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Jags_Catering Tonight 7pm - 8 join in the Twitter debate please use the hash tag #naw2011 @SeyiCedarEvents @nickyaacampbell @baafadoption -5:04 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

PointBooks The decision to adopt a child has brought profound joy and meaning into the lives of Americans across our country-President Obama #naw2011 -5:03 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

FelicityTee hi #NAW2011 -4:41 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

AdoptResources Off out soon to local #NAW2011 info evening on adoption and to talk about local @adoptionuk group :) -4:27 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

jlampon RT @H_J_S_D: @jlampon please can I get a RT for National adoption week, raising awareness of the difference adoption can make. It did for me #naw2011 -4:26 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

Coram Adoptive parents call for BME families to consider adoption. "Meet the couple who said 'yes' " in The Voice today @TheVoiceNews #NAW2011 -4:18 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

BAAFAdoption BAAF statement re: the Norgrove Review of Family Justice http://t.co/D8APB6q2 #NAW2011 -4:16 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

AdoptionUK RT @AdoptResources: In case you missed it... Here's @jags_catering #NAW2011 winning video - it's fab :) http://t.co/N9lrZAeR -4:13 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

papi7uk “@cisweb: Take time to visit the @BAAFAdoption site – lots of information on National Adoption Week #naw2011” -4:12 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

BAAFAdoption RT @cisweb: Take time to visit the @BAAFAdoption site – lots of information on National Adoption Week #naw2011 -4:10 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

ins_foundations RT @Coram: Adoption documentary on ITV1, 7.30pm @TonightITV: ‘Adoption: A Failing System’. #NAW2011 -4:09 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

cisweb Take time to visit the @BAAFAdoption site – lots of information on National Adoption Week #naw2011 -4:08 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

BAAFAdoption @AdoptionUK Excellent - looking forward to it! #NAW2011 -4:06 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

ins_foundations Its our Adoption Info evening tonight in Wolverhampton 6-9pm as part of #nationaladoptionweek see http://t.co/iG8n2LE8 for details #NAW2011 -4:06 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

doonhamer RT @AdoptionUK: Adoption UK statement on giving adopted children priority in school admissions: http://t.co/14OZhsqJ #adoption #NAW2011 -4:05 PM Nov 3rd, 2011

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For more information and advice about adoption, head to the National Adoption Week website.

How adoption completed our family

As National Adoption Week draws to a close, we hear from Andrew and Janet, who have three children of their own, aged 23, 20 and 12 and later adopted a three year old boy.

Janet says of the adoption: "It all began back in November last year, Andrew came home one night and showed me a newspaper that had stories about children who needed a family to love them. I oooohed and aaaahed, then my eyes settled on this little boy who looked quite sad, I read and reread his profile and Andrew said 'have you spotted him' I looked up and just smiled and said forget it!

"The next day I reread the story again and decided to send them an email. Something was telling me that this little boy was meant to be ours.

"A few weeks went by and then one day out of the blue the telephone rang and a young woman spoke to me asking if it was possible to talk about a little boy called Sam. I was thinking to myself we should be having grandchildren not any more of our own, but we knew from that first time we saw his profile that he should be ours neither one of us could shake this feeling.

"The day came when Sam's social worker came to visit, we were scared for some reason but they were very warm and friendly. We were told up front that Sam had quite a few disabilities, he was partially sighted and had learning disabilities. They also told us what a lovely little boy he was, full of spirit and fight. Andrew and I could see past the disabilities as we already had one child with similar problems.

"So the process started with home visits, talking in detail about our family life, individual lives, work, likes and dislikes, strengths and weaknesses. The lists go on and on. They are not judging you, they are making sure that the children are placed in a loving secure environment. Most of the children placed for adoption have been through a life time of hurt and disappointments, the social workers just want to make sure that they will have a better life with you.

"Now its November 2011 and our lives have changed so much. We are proud to announce that we are the parents of a beautiful little boy who is a complete joy. He has a mum and dad that love him more than life itself, sisters who dote on his every wish and grandparents, uncles and aunts who spoil him very much. We thought our family was complete but all this time we were waiting for Sam to come along and complete our family."

For more information and advice about adoption, please visit the National Adoption Week website.






Thursday, 3 November 2011

It's never too late to adopt

Sara, 52, from North London thought she'd never be able to adopt. Then a chance meeting with a foster carer made her realise she still had a chance at motherhood.

"I had a busy and successful career in advertising, but it was at the cost of starting a family. By the time I realised I wanted children, I had left it too late.

"My mother had been a foster carer, and when I was growing up there were always children coming to stay with us. So I was no a stranger to adoption, or the life chances it could bring. But as someone over 40, and single, I never thought they would consider me.

"It was a chance meeting with a foster carer that made me reconsider. She explained that the rules had been relaxed, and that there was no longer an upper age limit. She also said being single shouldn't necessarily be a bar.

"From then on I realised what I had to do, but that didn't make the first steps any easier. When you're single you only have yourself to rely on. You don't have someone else there encouraging you. It was really hard.

"I talked to absolutely everyone about my decision to adopt. At first it was just my family, and of course my mother, with all her experience, was invaluable. But I also started talking to people outside my family. I really had no qualms about telling everyone what I was doing. They were all incredibly supportive, and I gained a lot of strength through them.

"So I eventually got up the courage and made an application. I have to say I was quite concerned about the types of children I might be encouraged to adopt. I wasn't sure if I could cope with a child with special needs, behavioural problems or global developmental delay. However the social worker was excellent, and we talked at length about what I felt I could and couldn't cope with. She also took me to visit someone whose child had some developmental problems. The more I talked about it, and the more people I met, I realised it wasn't so scary after all. I learnt that I was capable of coping with a lot more than I initially thought.

"I got approved to adopt fairly quickly, but it took ages to match me with a child. I found this quite frustrating. But then, just before Christmas 2008, I was introduced to my daughter for the first time. My life was absolutely transformed. That Christmas we had the biggest celebration!

"I feel complete joy at finally becoming a mother, and it makes no difference to me that we're not genetically related. Through the process I've learnt so much about myself. And although, so far, my daughter hasn't shown any signs of physical or behavioural problems, if there are any in the future I feel I'm ready to cope. She is just perfect to me."

For more information and advice about adoption, head to www.nationaladoptionweek.org.uk






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