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Weekly Adoption Shout Out #WASO Week 214

Friday can only mean one thing here on The Adoption Social – it’s #WASO!

Welcome once again to the Weekly Adoption Shout Out – a place and time for bloggers to share their posts, and readers to find a collection of adoption related blogs.
Add your posts, and why not have a read of the others that are linked up? Please do share as many as you can and spread the word.

Here’s the linky…

Weekly Adoption Shout Out #WASO Week 115

waso115It’s time for the Weekly Adoption Shout Out – are you ready?

There’s no theme this week, so add all the posts you’ve written this week. And, if you come across and adoption related blog that doesn’t link up, then why not suggest that they do? It’s great to feel part of a community, and that’s what we hope #WASO gives you (as well as a bit of publicity and a few more hits!).

For now though, you know what to do…




#WASO Top Three – February

Oh yes, it’s that time again – we’re sharing our favourite #WASO posts…

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We always like reading the posts that are linked up to #WASO, although we can’t always get to everyone. We do try to read and share as many as we can.

Based on our February reading, Sarah and I have selected three of our favourite posts to feature in our Top 3.



1. When I read this post, Positively Tired it just really resonated with what I was feeling at the time, and expresses just how draining being an adoptive parent can be sometimes.

2. As I now live with an adolescent boy on the verge of being a teenager, this review by mother and son on, Brainstorm a production about the teen brain was of great interest to me.

3.I love the positivity of Hannah Meadows and the idea of #ThankfulThursday is right up my street.


1. The Long Haul on Precious Stones really grabbed me – a haiku that expresses so much in just a few lines, and feels so relevant to me too right now.

2. This post, written by the brave Jamie, is about the now infamous KFC commercial. Whatever my views on the actual advert, I find that Jamie cared enough to express his views, inspiring.

3. Craft time always goes down quite well here, but Mini often struggles with imagination, which I think it why this post resonated with me. Adopt Around the Clock tells us about the glitter and glue, and it’s magical properties.



Two ways to share a post

Every week on #WASO, we talk about sharing your favourite posts on Twitter, Facebook and amongst your networks, but do you actually know how to do this?

Well worry not, because this week we’re going to talk about a couple of ways of sharing posts.

Copy and paste the URL

So the URL is basically the address of a blog post or web page. It begins with http:// or sometimes just www.
When you want to share a blog or website, you share the whole www. address i.e www.theadoptionsocial.com.

However, if there is a specific page or post then you need to use the whole address i.e http://theadoptionsocial.com/weekly-adoption-shout-out/weekly-adoption-shout-out-waso-week-106/

To copy the link, you need to highlight/select it in the address bar of your browser, and then press ctrl+c. This stores it to your computer’s clipboard.

To paste it, create your facebook post/tweet/email etc, then press ctrl+v. This will paste the link in from your clipboard.

We appreciate that if you’re sharing on Twitter then sometimes these long URLs aren’t easy to share, so we wrote a post about shortening links so they better fit in tweets.

**Incidentally, this is what you should do for linkys too, as it helps direct people to the exact post you are linking rather than your blog, when people then have to scroll through to find the relevant post**

Use the social media buttons

On the bottom of many posts, articles, web pages and images, you’ll see some icons for different social media platforms. If you want to share that particular post, it’s really easy for you to select which platform you want to share to by simply clicking on the button. Below is the bottom of one of our #WASO posts, along with all the sharing buttons…sharing buttonsSometimes the icons can look a little daunting, especially if unfamiliar to you. The ones we use here on The Adoption Social are, in the order shown above:

Sharexy (if you hover over this, you’ll get a host of other sharing options too)

Whichever you click on will take you to that platform and you can log in and hit share.

It’s really quite simple, and once you’ve managed it a couple of times, you’ll be sharing all your favourite posts!

How to Start a WordPress Blog

Today we are going to show you the very first steps to take in creating a blog in WordPress.

Step 1

Go to the website wordpress.com



Step 2

the next page will require you to add your email a Username and the name of your blog.

The Blog name will be unique. type it into the section indicated below and WordPress will let you know if the name is available.

Here I’ve started a blog called TheAdoptionTimes.WordPress.com



Step 3

Once you’ve entered the required information and found a name for your blog, scroll down the page and click on Create Blog button.










Step 4

The Next page will show details of your blog which you can move on from by clicking the NEXT button, bottom right of the screen.


Step 5

Here you will be asked to select your theme for your blog. The Theme will determine how your blog looks, the layout, the colours, font and also dome of the technical attributes of your site.

At The Adoption Social we use Twenty Twelve but have a look at all the themes and experiment with them. It can be fun.

Next time I’ll talk you through Three different Themes and their different attributes.


Weekly Adoption Shout Out #WASO Week 60

That time again folks – the Weekly Adoption Shout Out is here.WASO week 60

No theme this week, but did you catch the shout out last week? The theme then was ‘Recipes – and why they’re important to our family’ – we had a lots of posts on that theme, with various interpretations – take a look here.
Heads up on next week’s (always optional) theme? It’s ‘Freedom’.

OK peeps – let’s get on with the show hey? Same as always – share your favourites, comment where you can, show this amazing community of bloggers some support, now go link your post up!

Our Top 3 #WASO Posts -February

Bringing a little extra love to your #WASO Posts….. 

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To give a bit of extra love to the #WASO posts that we so enjoy reading, we’ve decide that each month Vicki and I will select 3 of our favourites to include in our own Top 3. It’s just a little thank you from us, to all of you who contribute, and to ensure that some of your really great posts don’t get missed. We will aim to do this on the middle Friday of each month and will look back over the posts that have linked up since the previous top 3 Friday. Simple… So here we go…

Sarah’s top 3

Because I related so much to this post and found the honesty in the words so very touching – 3 girls together – Acceptance

Amanda has the ability to hit the nail on the head with her writing and I am often moved to tears by her posts, this one was no exception. All Aboard The Trauma Train – Warning – Not an Easy Adoption Topic 

This blog is very much one of my favourites and this post is so beautifully written that it gave me goosebumps, Suddenly Mummy – Introducing Baby Girl


Vicki’s top 3

Adoption Misadventure is a blog I always enjoy reading – this post was celebratory and descriptive and reflective, and written beautifully as always.

Lindsay’s blog ‘Grey Street’ is one I try not to miss. Her writing always uplifts me, but makes me think too. This post about resolutions resonated with me.

I love the letter written in this post. There are things in there that only other adoptive parents would get, and for that reason it’s in my top 3.

Hope you enjoy reading our choices and all you bloggers, keep on blogging, we really enjoy reading your posts.

Sarah and Vicki x




The Weekly Adoption Shout Out Week 51

Wow we’re at week 51 of #WASO and we really are getting on with 2014 now. If you missed any of the great posts that we had last week then you can find them all here.



This week our theme is “A day in the life of…” which could be interpreted in many ways. It’s up to you, you can write about yourself, your child or someone else in your life, perhaps even someone from the depths of your imagination, you in another life maybe. It’s an exciting one I think.  

Thanks to all of you, as always, that take the time to join in and also read other peoples blogs and make comments. The community that we are all part of and the space we have created for people to have their say, is important to many of you. We have been told, that reading other peoples blogs offers support, guidance and provokes discussion for many people, so keep up the good work. 

So link up below, read and comment away and share your posts with the hashtag #WASO

The Family of Five – Me and my Blog




I’ve been asked to write about Me and My Blog by The Adoption Social, I feel totally honoured because I’m not a writer, I’m not even particularly articulate or intellectual, I’m just normal, ordinary, I’m just me. I’ve been writing my blog for 2 years now. I’ve been an adoptive mum for 3 years. My husband and I adopted our 3 girls in the Summer of 2010.

Adoption is/was something I’d always wanted to do, I recall as a child telling my friends it was something I was going to do. It wasn’t necessarily the first choice for my husband, but once he’d learnt more about it he knew it was the right path for us.

We started our journey January 2009. We later spotted our girls in the children who wait magazine 4 months after we were approved to become adopters. 7 months later we bought them home. 19 months from filling in that first enquiry form with a voluntary agency to becoming a mum of 3.I knew quite early on that the girls were going to have some problems. I knew ‘something wasn’t quite right’ I just didn’t know what. In the Summer of 2011 our adoption order was granted. I hadn’t realised that this would also mean all of our social worker support would be withdrawn. The regular contact we’d had from social workers abruptly stopped. That’s when things started to get even tougher, only this time I had nowhere to turn for advice.

I found my self searching for advice online. It was this that prompted me to speak with our GP, school nurse, health visitor etc. By February 2012 all 3 girls had CAMHS referrals. I’ve blogged about CAMHS a lot, we do a lot of talking at our meetings with them, but I don’t feel we’ve actually done anything yet.

Getting support has been and still is the hardest fight I’ve ever fought in my life.

We also have the added complications of having adopted our girls from outside our local authority, in fact we adopted them from an authority over 200 miles away. If I’d known the difficulties and complexity’s this in its self would pose, would I still have done it? I honestly don’t know.

We don’t have the ‘regular’ issues that most adoptive parents I’ve met struggle with. We don’t have violence or aggression, we have compliance. Compliance is harder for some people to understand as you can’t ‘see’ it, they don’t want you to see the real them, they’re too scared. My children don’t scream ‘I hate you’, instead they smile, a lot, from ear to ear, and keep all of their real emotions locked away inside. We don’t know what’s going on inside, the worry’s fears and thoughts they’re having, which makes it so difficult to help them. We have very subtle levels of defiance, subtle enough to go unnoticed by the world but enough to control, manipulate and keep themselves safe.

They see everything, they hear everything, they give nothing.

We’re 2 years and 8 months in to our journey. It’s not what we expected, we’re not the family we thought we’d be, and we’re not the parents we’d planned to be. Its been a roller coaster journey with so many highs and happy times, but there has been more low’s than we could have ever imagined. Throughout our journey we’ve had ASD diagnosis, SALT diagnosis and attachment difficulties. At various stages throughout our journey we have been and are being seen by community paediatrician’s, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, physiotherapists, ASD counsellors, GP’s, Mental Health counsellors, family therapist and psychotherapists, and yet we’re still working towards getting some real support for the girls and for us as a family.

We’ve lost many friends on our journey but we’ve made so many new ones, we’ve been welcomed with open arms by the world of adoptive parents who have been a great support to me this last year. Through all of this, we’ve still managed to ‘be a family’, we’ve shared happy times and made lasting happy memories, we’ve laughed and cried and grown, and as my baby girl would say ‘we love each other to Spain and back cause we a family aren’t we mommy and that’s what family’s do don’t they’.

Read more about The Family of Five on their blog  HERE
 Follow The Family of Five on Twitter @TheFamilyofFive