The Adoption Social Times

Hello and welcome to another edition of The Adoption Social Times…

BAAF National Adoption Week Awards 2014fortnums
You might remember that we were shortlisted for an award earlier on this month. Sadly we didn’t win, and neither did our friend Jenny from Inspired Foundations.
It was a little disappointing to go all that way for nothing, especially as it was difficult to network with the other people – but I took the opportunity for a little Christmas shopping and a quick trip to Fortnum and Mason, so it wasn’t all for nothing! And I got to meet Jenny’s children, who are a credit to her and her partner.
Having said all that, we don’t need an award to know how useful The Adoption Social is – you all tell us regularly, and we know from talking to you all that it’s part of a wonderful community.

As always the Weekly Adoption Shout Out is popular, and this month is no different. Until the end of this week we also have a special ‘Collective Response’ #WASO live, where you can add your posts and feedback to the recently published letter by Edward Timpson MP, or feedback about National Adoption Week in general. You’ll find this linky here.

Now of course you’ll want to know in advance what the themes are for the next month, however, one of our theme weeks falls on Boxing Day so we won’t be having a theme that week. Instead, we’ll open up the usual #WASO on 19 December and this will stay active until 4 January. Normal #WASO service (and a theme) will return on 9 January.

Forthcoming themes for this month are:
28 November – At this time of year…
12 December – Gifts
9 January – Expectations
23 January – Next week…

Social Media and adoption
If you are a professional working in adoption and would like to find out more about using social  media to provide post adoption support then please contact us as we’re currently exploring ways of supporting organisations and professionals better so that in turn they can support adoptive families. We can’t guarantee direct help at the moment, but we’d like to get your views on whether you would want support, how you’d like it delivered, whether you would need training etc. Please email us at

And finally, here are a few of the posts we’ve published on The Adoption Social this month:

We heard from blogger 5 go on an adventure in this meet the blogger post.

Amanda Boorman from The Open Nest shared news from the charity.

We ran 2 initiatives for National Adoption Week – one was to publish acrostic poems contributed by our readers and their families. We had such a great response we had to split them over two posts. Here and here.

The other initiative was an idea from 2 members of the wonderful Twitter community that exists. Read more about #HowAreYou here.

If you have any posts that you’d like to contribute, then please do send them into us at We also love hearing your feedback, so do get in touch.



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