Survival Guide to Adoption Acronyms
We put together a list containing some of the most recurring acronyms used in adoption and a short explanation for each, in the hope that it might help new recruits in deciphering the lingo.
Foster care and the bedroom lottery
I guess it’s a legitimate question: “So, you wish to look after children in care, that’s great to hear. So, how many?” How comes that’s the only question my wife and I are still unsure about? It is surprising how many issues related to fostering were agreed in a matter of minutes. Many didn’t even require a discussion. Not this question, though. And it’s not even because of a difference of opinion, we genuinely don’t know what the right answer might be. For us. Siblings, sharing, toddlers…
Things to talk over before considering adoption
Things to talk over before considering adoption: having your partner on board is great, but there is more to discuss to avoid leaving someone hurt along the way.
Happy Family Day
For me, us as a family started the day we met our son. I hope that day will remain a day for celebration, even when our son will be old enough to understand adoption and all that happened in his life.
The difference between adopting a child and adoption bureaucracy
I started by visiting only government sites, soon I knew all about the various stages of adoption in very minute details, but still nothing about adoption.
EU, referendum, and the great exit
I woke up this morning to the news that Britain has voted to leave the European Union in what will be remembered as an historic referendum. I’m still in a bit of a shock. As an Italian national, the news affect me directly. I don’t know what will happen to me and my family, or how and when. I came to the realisation I’m not pro EU, nor against it. I don’t have enough information to decide if it’s in the best interest of this country to stay or to leave Europe. I have my opinions about…
Still learning about fostering
My views on adoption changed dramatically in the last 2 years, I like to think I know more about it now, but there’s a part of me that sometimes wishes I didn’t. At the beginning, adoption was a much simpler concept. Babies waiting to be adopted existed in a vacuum, in various combination of sex, age, and colour, waiting in a suspended state until adopted by their new, loving, and caring parents. The nice people from the Social Services office were there to hold our hands throughout this…
5 minutes peace to say thank you
If I had 5 minutes peace… I would want to use this time to thank all the people that gave me the confidence of taking this decision, that told me to believe in myself, and to go with my guts. I hope someday I will be able to do the same for someone who might be struggling and in need of an extra dose of confidence.
Things are going so well
I ask my wife the same question every day when I’m back from work: “How did it go today?”. What I’m actually asking is “How did it go with Ben today?”, but overtime I came to favour the shortest version. I get a different answer every time I ask, but if I had to draw a conclusion, so far I’d say the good days are winning. So, why change anything?