We are going to do it all again and this time we want to talk about CONTACT.
Maintaining contact with an adopted child’s birth parents can be very difficult for many families. Some find it too difficult to agree to contact right at the very start of their adoption journey, others find the momentum to continue with contact, difficult to sustain over many years. It can be a tricky topic to discuss because families feel protective of the lives they have created for their adopted family, contact can seem to threaten this.
Today, social media can also bring unsolicited contact, complicating family life, sometimes with a devastating effect. For others well managed contact has added depth and meaning to an adopted child’s life story and brought them a greater sense of identity.
So what are your views and experiences of contact?
Do you think maintaining contact is important?
How could contact be better facilitated?
What are your concerns and worries around contact?
Has maintaining contact been a positive experience for you?
We want to hear everyone’s opinion on this. We already have some contributing pieces from adopters, an adoptee and an adoption social worker but, we would be interested in hearing from anyone one else who would like to contribute. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Sore Point week will commence on Monday 13th July.
We will have posts each day related to the topic of contact and will hope to offer a diverse set of opinions and experiences.
We will have a #TASchat, twitter chat, on Thursday 16th July 9pm GMT on the subject of contact.
We will have a special contact themed #WASO on Friday 17th July.
We will be using the hashtag #Sorepoint during the week.
We would also like to include a list of resources, so if you know of anything which would be helpful to others, around the topic of contact, please let us know.
And as we said before, if you would like to contribute or even have an idea for something to include in the week, please contact us at email@example.com