In conversation with adoptees Alex and Julia

July 21, 2017

Alex, aged 18, & Julia, 22, were both adopted as babies. They talk to Chris Burton about complex families, their own struggles, other people's attitudes to adoption, support, school and their hopes for the future.

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Interview with Adoptive Mum Claire Brasier

March 17, 2017

In our new podcast Chris Burton talks to Clare Brasier, adoptive Mum of 2 and co-founder of The Cornerstone Partnership.

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Interview with Professor Julie Selwyn

January 27, 2017

Professor Julie Selwyn is one of the most respected figures in UK adoption and fostering. She runs the Hadley Centre for Adoption and Foster Care Studies at Bristol University. Her research has had great influence on the way in which we think about and help vulnerable children. This was recognised in the 2016 New Year’s Honours when she was awarded a CBE for services to adoption and looked-after children. In this wide-ranging podcast she talks to First4Adoption's Chris Burton about her work as a social worker and academic, the healing power of families, the importance of therapeutic support and the lifelong nature of adoption.

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Meet the Adopter - Meeting the needs of an adopted child

December 20, 2016

Adoptive Dads Gordon and Bill talked about the uncertainties, challenges and rewards of parenting adopted children.

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Meet the Adopter - Education and Adoption

December 20, 2016

We met Nicola, who, through her experiences as an adopter, became a trainer. She helps school staff better support children to reach their learning potential. We were also joined by 22 year-old adoptee, Claire. She shared her experience of school and as an ambassador for the Coram Adoptables group which advocates for young adoptees.

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Meet the Adopter - Concurrent Planning

December 20, 2016

Hear from a couple who adopted their daughter through Concurrent Planning a scheme for young children likely to need adoption but who still have a chance of returning to their birth family.

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Meet the Adopter - Fostering to Adopt

December 20, 2016

In this episode, we me two Foster Mums who made the decision to adopt children in their care.

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Meet the Adopter - Waiting to adopt

December 20, 2016

We spoke to two adopters and a social worker about the difficult time when adopters are approved and waiting for a match with their children.

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Meet the Adopter - Adoption Support

December 20, 2016

Adoption Support was the theme for this edition. We spoke to the team at Adoptionplus about different therapeutic models and approaches that can be helpful to adoptive families.

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Meet the Adopter - A Mother and Daughter’s story

December 20, 2016

Hear Adoptive Mum, Jane and her daughter Izzy talk about their adoption journey.

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