Special Guardians and Adopters Together members feel it is important to be able to ‘tell it like it is’. From ‘good practice’ to ‘this should never happen’, the positives and the negatives of adoption and special guardianship are all important to learn from.
Opportunities to speak out can be very curtailed in adoption and special guardianship because of our need for anonymity and it is imperative we safeguard the privacy of our children.
There is, in most cases, no other forum for the views, experiences and stories we have put up here, to be brought into the public domain, which is where we feel they need to be. We feel it is important to speak out so progress can be made.
We also appreciate that whilst there may some bumps along the road for many families, their experiences may not be as extreme as some of the cases we have put up here where children have re entered care. If your story is a positive and hopeful one, with lesser difficulties – we are still the right group for you!
And finally, and perhaps most importantly, if you would like to share examples of good practice with us, we would love to hear them. We would be especially interested in hearing from adopters and special guardians who have had well supported reunifications with their children after they have re-entered care. As far as we have been able to ascertain no models exist for bringing family members into better relationship and working towards reunifications as an ultimate goal in our cases. This can make help seeking a risky business – resulting in us being viewed and treated as a ‘failed care option’, rather than a permanent family that gives the most potential for healing.
Names are changed, or not given, to protect professionals, children and families.
DfE’s response to a serious case concerning a previously looked after child
DfE’s Response to Open Letter to Rt Hon Nadhim Zahawi MP
Cases for the SCIE (Social Care Institute for Excellence)
Modern adoption in crisis: Are current legal frameworks supportive and working for children and families when a child re-enters care?
Autistic children in care
Adopting a child with child to parent violence problems: Iliana’s story
Mary’s Story: When help seeking leads to a child protection investigation
Lisa’s Story: A child who grew up and wanted to help others like him
Jenny’s story: adopting a survivor of child sex abuse
When help seeking leads to blame and removal instead of help
Understandably Distressed Behaviour
LBC Interview with adopters under stress (POTATO website)
Home is where a traumatised child’s problems emerge
Are forensic court processes in the Family Courts focusing in the wrong place?
Adoption in Crisis: time for legal reform
Being assessed to be a Special Guardian – taken from a judgment made by HHJ Stephen Wildbood QC
Adopters in Court
Adopters in Court – What needs To Change?
Condemnation of Mothers – How does this Help Our Children?
Case Study – EHC Plan for an Autistic Child cared for by special guardian grandparents
Special Guardians and the Adoption Support Fund
Adopted and Special Guardian Children who Re-enter Care
The Value of Social Media Forums to help Parental Stress
Problems we face as Adoptive Families
Adoption cases for the SCIE Project on the Mental Health of Children in Care
Ideas to Support Permanence
Open Letter to the New Minister for Children and Families
Naomi’s Story: Abandoned after the SGO; Too scared to ask for help
Thoughts on being a McKenzie Friend when an adopted child has re-entered care
Thoughts on legal frameworks when our children cannot live safely with family
Why not providing match funding for the ASF is a false economy
Reflections on Lord Justice McFarlane’s NAGALRO speech
10 Good Reasons to Sign Our Petition
Second Open Letter to Rt Hon Nadhim Zahawi
Reflections on a Recent Court of Appeal Ruling about an Adopted Child who Re-entered Care
Why ‘telling it like it is’ is important in Adoption and Special Guardianship
A Special Guardian reflects on Charlie Jackson’s (BACP) Report: Working in the NHS: the state of children’s services
Different Families – Different Needs
Context is everything – especially in court
No one should be above the law – so the law must change
Too Adversarial and Punitive
An Adoptive Parent’s Response to the School Exclusion Review
Parental Alienation – is this affecting previously looked after children?
Please send us an email if you are interested in joining our group, wish to offer support, or would like to work together with us – email@example.com