Unpack those happy summer seams
May31

Unpack those happy summer seams

Unpack those happy summer seams and sizzle. Style is not only about the latest fashion, it is about the latest fashion that is about You.  What do YOU like? So before you head for the magazines or shops I would suggest heading to your wardrobe to look for ‘happy items’. Those of us who struggle with identity issues, maybe from our past or present know that summer can be a tricky time to dress for, as one naturally wants to...

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Why we adopted
May31

Why we adopted

Celebrity singer and TV judge Carrie Grant shares why they adopted their son and the implications on their family.   The Big Decision The decision to adopt is never made lightly. For many it comes after years of trying for a birth child and for others it comes from a conviction that all children should be brought up within the safety and emotional security of a family. David and I talked about adoption when we first met back in...

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Heartwarming Adoption Story
May28

Heartwarming Adoption Story

All families are different. The Welstead family knows you should never give up on your family, no matter how different or difficult your life seems. Listen to their story.

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Adoption diary Peter and Janice
May28

Adoption diary Peter and Janice

Adoption diary Peter and Janice  - The start We began talking about adoption over 10 years ago ahead of getting married… we knew this was something we’d want to do at some stage during our lives. For various reasons it wasn’t until last year that we thought about exploring the idea more thoroughly and attended an open evening to find out more about the process. So last November we entered a building with around 200 people who all...

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Adoption win or loose?
May28

Adoption win or loose?

Adoption win or loose? Loosing your birth family is very profound, so what is the win and loss in adoption? The challenge that often occurs in adoption and certainly more so during the 80’s and 90’s when I was growing up was you weren’t supposed to acknowledge your loss. You were supposed to just be grateful all the time. As if you now had a perfect life, as if you hadn’t experienced one of the greatest traumas of all time, losing...

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Are you in control of your money?
May27

Are you in control of your money?

Are you in control of your money? Or is money in control of you?  Most people agree that they could do with a bit more money. Ask them how much and it’s surprising that lots agree that somewhere around a third more would be about right. No matter their income or savings in the bank. A third more would be enough… Lots of studies have shown that money doesn’t make us happy. But being in control of our money gives us a lot more...

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Why Ed’s the man for the job
May27

Why Ed’s the man for the job

Why Ed’s the man for the job! by Lois Burgess   Edward Timpson is the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families in the Department for Education, he comes from an interesting background. Did you know that he was brought up with two adopted brothers and several children fostered by his parents? In addition to his elder sister and brother?  Having worked as a family law barrister he is probably not only...

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Putting something back: Anthony’s story
May26

Putting something back: Anthony’s story

Chief Executive Anthony Douglas CBE shares his moving adoption story and why he is putting something back. I was adopted as a baby, as my mother’s choice was lose me or lose her place in her Northumberland family and village. She came to London to give birth to me as soon as her pregnancy became visible, so that nobody locally would know. When I met her 27 years later, she reassured me that I was not a one night stand – I was a 3...

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What skills do you need to raise children?
May25

What skills do you need to raise children?

What skills do you need to raise children? Is there such a thing as the “perfect” parent? Absolutely not! Is there such a thing as “good” parents? Absolutely yes! Firstly let’s define what a parent is: “To be or act as a mother or father to (someone)” So what exactly does that entail? Communicating Your Love and Affection – This can be demonstrated in many ways however, in my opinion, one the greatest ways is to show and let...

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Meet the artist Geraldine Walsh
May23

Meet the artist Geraldine Walsh

I Meet up with fine artist Geraldine Walsh in a little coffee bar in South East London called ‘The Orchard’, it is the perfect place to meet this inspiring ‘pixie like’ woman, who is bursting with creative intelligence, energy and eloquence. An orchard is a place of fruitfulness, so I am intrigued to find out how an artist may tackle the subject matter of fostering and family. Once we have ordered and got through pleasantries,...

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