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The Adoption Social Times

 

 

TAStimesOur monthly round-up of all things Adoption Social

Weekly Adoption Shout Out
Our ever popular linky – The Weekly Adoption Shout Out – continues to attract bloggers new and old (well, not old but you know…established!). For those of you who don’t know much about it, it’s a blog linky where you can add a specific blog post into a form, and it then gets listed amongst other adoption-based blogs. This means that lots of adoption blogs are in the same place each week and saves readers having to search for them. It also means you can find other bloggers easily. And through it, a lovely, friendly community of bloggers and tweeters has become established.
Just come back here every Friday when we publish the linky, which stays open until late on Sunday. We do our best to read and share all those that join in.

Forthcoming themes:
6 November – Making plans
20 November – Health services

#TASPIC
Taspic is a great way to join in, without having to write a blog or say much on Twitter. All you need is an image that fits our theme…currently this is #todayistheday, but will be changing soon so look out for the next month’s post. Publish your photo on your blog, twitter or even Instagram alongside the themed hashtag and #taspic and we’ll share them.
The latest round up can be found here.

National Adoption Week
Last week saw the annual National Adoption Week take place. Here at The Adoption Social we supported The Open Nest’s view that the adoptee voice needed to be heard. Sarah attended The Open Nest conference which took place at The Foundling Museum at the beginning of the week, and here on the site we published posts exclusively from adoptees. Our viewing statistics were great which we were encouraged to see.

Awards
Taking place during National Adoption Week were the National Adoption Week awards. The Adoption Social was shortlisted for the best adoption blog award, alongside #WASO regulars and Adoption Social supporters Al Coates (from Misadventures of An Adoptive Dad, also known on Twitter as @nadjasmit) and the lovely Suddenly Mummy (funnily enough from Suddenly Mummy!). Our congratulations go to Al who won on the night and even snapped a selfie with Ed Timpson!
More awards news to follow soon.

Guest posts
We always need them. If you have something to say – whether it’s an opinion based post, a poem to share, or even a problem you’d like advice on, then get in touch at theadoptionsocial@gmail.com

TASchats
We love chatting with you all. Sarah is great out in public at events and conferences. Vicki’s more of a behind the scenes gal. But Twitter chat is something that we both enjoy. All you have to do is use the hashtag #taschat on each tweet you want to contribute to the conversation and search by the same hashtag to follow the other tweets. So next dates for scheduled #TASchats are…
November – Thursday 19th 9pm GMT – Surviving Christmas
December – Thursday 10th 9pm GMT – subject TBC

#MeetMe
We’re really enjoying finding out a little bit more about what makes you all tick and have received and published MeetMe posts from all sorts of people. If you haven’t yet take part but would like to, here are the questions, just email your answers to us at theadoptionsocial@gmail.com. (We have separate questions from adoptees and adopters).

Some posts you might have missed:

A book review on Preparing for Adoption, a book for prospective parents.

Can’t go, won’t go – a popular post on school refusing. Can you add to it?

A thoughtful post on sharing online – both the good and the bad.

The Adoption Social Times

TAStimesOur monthly round-up of all things Adoption Social.

Weekly Adoption Shout Out
Our weekly linky continues to draw in readers and linkers alike. If you’re not sure how to join in, then this post is for you. It tells you all you need to know about linking your blog up to the Weekly Adoption Shout Out.

*A little plea*
We’ve noticed that some of you are just linking up the main web address of your blog i.e theadoptionsocial.com. Please can you try to add the full address of the post you want to add i.e Theadoptionsocial.com/myfirstwasopost. This is important because we want to find the actual post you intended to link up, and in the case of older WASOs where you might have since blogged another 50 times, it’s impossible to find that particular post on your blog without spending hours scrolling through your older posts. Thank you .

OK, theme heads up time:
19 June – Celebrations and occasions
3 July – What we like to dance to
17 July – Contact
31 July – In the car

#TASpic
We’re still very much enjoying all of your #Yellow #Taspic photos so do keep them coming, on Instagram, Twitter or even in a blog post (which you can link to #WASO). Next week, we’ll be letting you know about the theme for July so check back on Wednesday. I can’t even give you a clue because Sarah chooses and I don’t know what it is yet!

In the meantime, if you want to know more about the photo challenge, then here’s our post all about #Taspic in June. And to see some of the photos, check out our Instagram feed over there to the right ————————————————————————————————>>>>>>>>

Birthday celebrations
Yes we’ve reached the age of toddler tantrums, short sentences, and standing on tiptoes; The Adoption Social is two. We have been very quiet about it, but we did a little round-up of our own #bestbits…

#Bestbits
After the difficult and challenging posts we offered up during our Adoption Sore Point about #CPV, we tried to balance the conversations a little by bringing you #bestbits (which happened to coincide pretty much with our own #bestbits birthday post), a week to celebrate all the positive memories and bits you like about adoption. During this week we resurrected our old #Memorybox linkys (Sarah and I used to love this linky!) and invited contributions to it.
We also held a Twitter chat on #taschat and #bestbits, which you can catch up on here.

We really do think it’s important that a balanced view is available on adoption, and we’ll support any initiatives that promote it. The lovely @adoptingsezz suggested a regular hashtag where we can all share out #bestbits regularly. So feedback please on #btpb or Bank The Positive Bits. We need a unique hashtag, so that’s what we’ve come up with so far.

Adoption Sore Points
All that talk of balance reminds me that our next Adoption Sore Point week will take place in July. We’ll let you know nearer the time what the topic is.

And finally, posts you might have missed:

Anna Writes about identity and names in this post.

A difficult subject is broached here, in our anonymous guest post on adoption disruption.

Did you get to see our Top 3 from May? Here it is.

The Adoption Social Times

TAStimesOur monthly round-up of all things Adoption Social.

Adoption Sore Points – #CPV
I know, I normally start off each month with Weekly Adoption Shout Out stuff, but this month, something else comes first!
We ran our first ever Adoption Sore Point week – these are themed weeks where we’ll focus on cpvsome of the harder subjects in adoption. Our first theme was Child to Parent Violence or #CPV. And boy, has it been a busy week. We usually aim for a new post every week day, but this week, we’ve had several posts each day from professionals and parents, talking about different aspects of child to parent violence. We also published a resources post, with links to other potential sources of support.
We hosted a Twitter chat, and you can catch up with it either by using the #TASCPV hashtag, or clicking this link to Storify.
Our #WASO theme was also CPV, and saw many linking up, and many speaking out.

Our aims with Sore Points are to get people speaking out, getting the support they need and raising awareness. And it’s really hard to measure how successful we’ve been with that. But I’ve certainly seen more people talking about CPV than ever before, yes, many of those are anonymous, but at least we’re talking and supporting each other now. I can however tell you that traffic to The Adoption Social was 33% higher than a *good* week! So more people have definitely been interested.

All of the posts are still available on The Adoption Social, so if you missed any of them then please do check back.

Mostly, we’d like to thank everyone who has taken part either by contributing, commenting, WASO’ing, Twitter chatting, re-tweeting or any other way! Look out for the next Adoption Sore Point.

Weekly Adoption Shout Out
Back to #WASO, and an improvement that we’ve already implemented…
As you know, the Weekly Adoption Shout Out takes place from Friday to Sunday every week. However, we’ve decided that on bank holiday weekends we’ll give you an extra day. So on those weeks, the #WASO will remain open until the end of Monday. We’re based in England, and so will being using English Bank Holiday dates.

Theme-wise, here’s June’s…
5 June – The world around us – in aid of World Environment Day
19 June – Celebrations and occasions
3 July – What we like to dance to

Out next week!
Watch out for #WASO Top 3 and a great guest post about Life Stories.

#TASpic
Our monthly photo challenge has gone down well with those of you who enjoy a photo or two. Starting at the beginning of June we have a new theme – #Yellow. If you post a photo then remember to include the hashtags #Yellow and #TASpic. Read more about our photo challenge in yesterday’s post.

Calling for more contributions
Wow, we’ve been a bit overwhelmed with the contributions and offers of pieces that we’ve received – in a good way of course! And we still want more! Please use us as your platform to speak – either in addition to your blog or instead of, or as a space for those who don’t have a blog. You don’t have to be a writer, as long as you have something to say!

Contributions should be typically between 500-1000 words, and can be sent to us at theadoptionsocial@gmail.com. If you have an accompanying photo/picture to which you own the copyright then we’d welcome that, if not, we can provide an image if needs be.
The pages on which we mostly take contributions are ‘The Blog’ – an open platform for one-off informative posts, emotional pieces, rants, topical opinion pieces and poetry; ‘The Review’ – a space for book/programme/movie/training/game reviews and ‘A Problem Shared’ – where we invite our readers to respond with advice or information.

All guest posts can either be in your name, with a pseudonym or anonymous completely. And we are happy to include links to your blog or website within the post.

Adoption Social meet-up at La Rosa campsite
Did you read about the brilliant camp that we’re running with The Open Nest in August? Well, the good and bad news is that we’re all booked up. Bad luck if you didn’t manage to get a space, but great news if you did. We’re putting the finishing touches on a range of activities, and can’t wait to meet you there!

And finally, posts you might have missed:

A challenge in self-care from one of our readers.

The latest from our newest columnist Anna – on what would have helped.

A brilliant guest post on sleep issues within adoption.

The Adoption Social Times

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Welcome to the latest edition of The Adoption Social Times, our monthly post where we can sing about all the things we’ve been up to, and give you a sneaky peek at some of the things that’ll be coming…

Weekly Adoption Shout Out
#WASO is still one of our most popular posts – every week it draws in many many views, and we can tell that people are linking through and reading your blogs, so keep ’em coming. We’ve not had any suggestions from you after our last Adoption Social Times, but the invitation is always there…come and let us know if you would like a particular theme.

For now, here’s a reminder of the theme for the end of this month, and forthcoming themes for May.
24 April – A sense of relief (change to our usual schedule)
8 May – Where I Walk – to help celebrate Get Walking Week
22 May – Child to Parent violence (CPV)

#WASO Top 3
So we’re back into the routine of publishing our Top 3 #WASO posts each month. If you haven’t come across this monthly post, then you won’t know that it’s where we each choose our Top 3 posts from all those linked up to #WASO in the previous month…now you know. We’ll try to give everyone a little shout out on Twitter too, so keep your eyes peeled for a notification featuring you!
In the meantime, here is the latest Top 3 post.

Call for contributions
Thanks to those who have responded to our recent Twitter calls for guest posts. To clarify, we welcome guest posts from adoptive parents, adoptees, foster carers, prospective adoptive parents, care leavers, birth families, extended adoptive families, professionals and anyone who has an interest in adoption, or supporting adoptive parents and adoptees.

Contributions should be typically between 500-1000 words, and can be sent to us at theadoptionsocial@gmail.com. If you have an accompanying photo/picture to which you own the copyright then we’d welcome that, if not, we can provide an image if needs be.
The pages on which we mostly take contributions are ‘The Blog’ – an open platform for informative posts, emotional pieces, rants, topical opinion pieces and poetry; ‘The Review’ – a space for book/programme/movie/training/game reviews and ‘A Problem Shared’ – where we invite our readers to respond with advice or information.

All guest posts can either be in your name, with a pseudonym or anonymous completely. And we are happy to include links to your blog or website within the post.

#taspic – our new monthly photo challenge
We launched our latest photo challenge this week for all of you shutterbugs. We recognise the importance of hidden identity, and how anonymity is important for many of you – and us too. So we’ve kicked off with #feeties (obviously only anonymous if your feet are normal…don’t post if you have 16 toes because that might compromise identity). A popular theme on Instagram and a more anonymous take on #selfies, it’s a fun way of getting involved with the community, and connecting with each other on another social media outlet. So dust off your cameras, and shoe us your #feeties!

Heel free to join in as much or as little as you want, use the #taspic on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and feel free to add other hashtags toe – #feetie, #fromwhereistand and even #takingcare

Here are a  few of the #feeties that we’ve already seen…
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Reviewers information
So, a bit delayed but we’ve finally been in touch with those who expressed an interest in becoming reviewers at #TakingCare in October.
If you signed up, but haven’t heard from us, please do drop us a line.

If you weren’t at #TakingCare but would like to be considered as a reviewer (free books!!!!) then please email us with your name, address and connection to adoption, and we’ll get in touch shortly. Our email address is theadoptionsocial@gmail.com

Meeting Up
As some of you know, Sarah and I live in completely different parts of the country. Although most of what we do can take place online via Twitter, email, the website, and Facebook, as well as a whole host of other online tools, we speak regularly on the phone too. However, sometimes it’s just much easier to get together in real life, not only for Adoption Social stuff, but as friends and just for a hug from someone who ‘knows’. So this week we’re meeting up and will be making plans for The Adoption Social, which after initial chats sound really interesting. We’ll feed back as soon as we have firm news.

And finally, posts you might have missed:

Did you see this post about getting back into the real world? Perhaps you’ve got some advice?

Our recent support, training and therapy glossary has proved popular.

The conclusion from our survey on ASD and adoption is available here. Thanks to those who completed the questionnaire.

The Adoption Social Times

It’s time to shout about all the things we’re doing on The Adoption Social…

#WASO
Ever popular, The Weekly Adoption Shout Out is still strong and still going. One of our recent #WASOs saw 30 posts link up which might well be a record for a standard week! We’ve had some interesting themes – some seem to have really inspired you lovely bloggers, so hopefully well be able to bring you some more inspiration with our next lot of themes:AProblemSharedrequest

6 March – Ways to keep positive
20 March – Introducing change
3 April – My best chocolate recipe

#WASO Top 3
Yes we really did have a request to bring back this monthly post. I think the person suggested that they enjoyed the sense of competition. We don’t do it for that reason, but like to post some of our favourites as a showcase, and to help our readers find posts they might have missed. And I can tell you, that there have been a number of occasions where I’ve wished it was a Top10 as it’s difficult to narrow them down to 3!
P.S We love seeing the ‘whoop, I made the Top 3′ tweets, so keep ’em coming, and we’ll keep sharing our Top 3.

Interview with an Adopted Child
Never meant as a regular slot, but posts that have provoked some support, our interviews with adopted children have been popular. We’ve published two so far, one as a standard blog post, and the other as a You Tube video. We’ve also had a request for a post with a full set of questions in (you’ll see that this week hopefully). It can be hard to talk to your child about adoption, and most of the advice you’ll find it about wondering and doing it therapeutically, however, this interview style can make it more of a game – dress up as newsreaders? Use a Dictaphone? Let your child question you back? So if you feel like interviewing your own child, and want to share it, then please do let us know and we’ll (anonymously) publish it.
I must stress the children already interviewed have given express permission to share their responses.

Other posts this month:

Ever thought about claiming Disability Living Allowance? This post gives some tips on how to do it.

We gave you a review on a children’s book about adoption.

We brought you news about the new Cornerstone project – a buddy scheme for prospective and new adopters.

Jenny from Inspired Foundations write a brilliant guest post about Pupil Premium Plus.

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It’s time for our monthly round-up of the happenings at The Adoption Social…

Taking Care
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We’re still finalising the details for the social event after The Open Nest’s Taking Care but we’ll bring you the info as soon as we have it.
Tickets are selling fast for the actual conference, so if you haven’t already booked – then make sure you do it soon…
read more about the conference here.

Week 80#WASO
Even through the summer you just keep those #WASO posts going – well done. We’ve had a count up this week, and over 60 different blogs have linked up since the start of 2014. That is fantastic!

Forthcoming themes for this month are:
5 September – Sharing
19 September – A typical school morning

Summer Sandpit
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Our special summer linky is coming to a close soon, with our final post on Monday. However, all of the Summer Sandpit linkys will be open until 12 September, so do add your relevant posts – here’s the section, you’ll find all the themes there.

mr toadHolidays
How have the summer holidays been going in your house? Is it still too early to reflect?
Sarah and I spent a few days at La Rosa campsite – which is connected to The Open Nest. It was great to have a chance to relax in gorgeous surroundings, meet each other’s families (sadly minus Mr. H though), and to see our children becoming friends. You can read a bit about it here.

A blogging story
You might have seen that we featured a couple of ‘holiday special’ posts from The Boy’s Behaviour and The Puffin Diaries. These are tasters of our new feature ‘A Blogging Story’. So many of you wrote a ‘Me & My Blog’ post for us, and this new feature will take over from that, giving you the opportunity to share more about your blog, why you write it, and some of your favourite posts. It’s a great way to promote your blog.

Snap happybrothers
Another new feature that we’re introducing is Snap Happy. This is a picture related post where you can contribute a picture or photo that has a story to tell, or is a memory for you. You don’t have to be a blogger to take part – just send us your photo and a few words and we’ll add it to The Adoption Social. Here’s our first post in this series if you’d like a little inspiration.

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

There’s this post on Difference, from actress Kiruna Stamell. It’s well worth a read, and perhaps worth passing on her details to your child’s school for a workshop?
Sarah writes about transitions, particularly ‘Going to High School’. Useful advice if you have a child moving up…
Do you know much about Coram? No, well have a read of this guest post from them.
No Bohn’s About It introduces herself through ‘Meet The Blogger’

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

 

 

The Adoption Social Times 7

Welcome back to another Adoption Social Times, bringing you highlights from our last month…

Taking Care
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This month we’ve published details of Taking Care, the first conference from our friends at The Open Nest. This takes place on 18 October, in York (right next to the train station), and we’re thrilled to not only be speaking at the conference, but hosting an Adoption Social, Social event in the evening – music, food, maybe a dance floor, but a chance to get to know some of the people you have been tweeting and sharing your blogs with…read more about the conference here.

Trustee announcement and short film
Connected to Taking Care, we made the announcement this month about the trustees of The Open Nest charity – these are:
Amanda Boorman: Adoptive parent
Jazz Boorman: Adoptee
Fran Proctor: Adoptee
Sarah H: Adoptive parent and co-founder of The Adoption Social
Vicki N: Adoptive parent and co-founder of The Adoption Social
Sally Donovan :Adopter and writer
Krissi Thrustle: Therapeutic Support Worker
Kayti Boorman: Events and admin manager

Sarah and I are so pleased to have been invited to become trustees of this forward thinking charity. We’ve already had our first formal trustee meeting, and are working hard on achieving the charity’s aims and expectations.
And we brought you ‘The Lost Children of Trauma’ a short film, with a powerful message. Do please take a look and share it if you can.

#WASO
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You lovely lot never fail to bring us your best posts as part of the Weekly Adoption Shout Out – what an amazing community of people you are – some adoptive parents, some foster carers, some adoptees, some birth parents, and many more people besides. We LOVE reading your posts, so keep ’em coming…

Forthcoming themes for this month are:
8 August – ‘Down time’
22 August – ‘Last weekend we…’

#Memory Box and #SummerSandpit
Memory Box is taking a break over the next six weeks. From Monday we’ll be bringing sandpit_zpse4b97af5you #SummerSandpit instead.
This is our special summer linky for anyone to link up to – involved in adoption or not. We want to hear all about your summer activities – tips, advice, play ideas, games, crafts – everything! Share your favourite things with others, and get some inspiration to keep the children occupied too. We’ve even got some lovely guest bloggers lined up for you too, so make sure you check it out each Monday. Summer Sandpit will open early Monday and close late Sunday each week. Here’s the theme list:
28 July – Nature
4 August – Crafts
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1 August – Cooking
18 August – Active play
25 August – Den building
1 September – Days Out

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

 

– A post from Sally Donovan on the prototype support fund for adoptive parents
– A post on early years provision for adopted children
A call for information about you and where you’re based so we can try to facilitate some local meet-ups

– We met ‘Single Adopter’ in our Meet The Blogger series
– After listening to the engaging Camila Batmangelidjh at Britmums Live, we shared information about their new campaign – See the Child, Change the System
– Particularly relevant with the Summer Holidays upon us, here’s a review about getting your children offline and outdoors…

 

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

 

 

#WASO Top 3 – April

top 3It’s Top 3 Time…

Another month of WASO has passed, and we’ve had a ton of wonderful posts. We’re sharing three of the best posts we’ve each read this month – those that have made us smile, made us sad, made us react, or made us nod with understanding and recognition. 

Sarah’s 3

There were a number of good posts written about #15000KiddsandCounting but this one from Amanda Boorman stuck in my mind because she asked the really difficult questions. 15000 million and counting

I remembered this post from the last month because I could really relate to the painful emotions this mother was feeling in Sharing the Hurt

I also loved Fiona Fergusons list if ingredients required for a successful adoption, especially the good sense of humour, in No such Thing as a Perfect Recipe

Vicki’s 3

We Are Family Adoption has written a letter to their birth daughter. I recognise so much of what is written, not because I have a birth daughter too, but because a second child joined our family, and it impacted far greater than I expected on my first child.

A short, but powerful post from Mo and Bro. Sorry is so often the hardest word.

I found myself nodding along to the list of attributes of no-fun mum in this post of Suddenly Mummy’s. I am also no-fun mum at times.

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Here’s our monthly post of all things The Adoption Social…

Another busy month here at The Adoption Social with new posts going live every weekday. Yes, we really do publish NEW content every week day (we take the weekends off to be with our families). favourite day
We have a general timetable for types of post:
Monday – The Things We Do/From The Archives linky or Handy Tips and Advice
Tuesday – The Blog
Wednesday – Meet The Blogger
Thursday – The Review or A Problem Shared
Friday – The Weekly Adoption Shout Out and sometimes our Top 3 or The Adoption Social Times

If you like reading a certain type of post, then do be sure to come back each week on the same day to read more like it.

BADGE7#WASO remains as popular as ever, with many linking up, and many reading too. If you read, don’t forget to comment and share your favourites.
Forthcoming themes for April are: 
4 April – Freedom 18 April – Professional support

 

Britmums Round-Up
This month I’ve (Vicki) edited the Britmums Adoption and Fostering Round-Up. Take a look here, many of our regular contributors are included. We really want to include as many good adoption and fostering blogs as possible, and we’re really lucky that we get to read lots of them already. But if you know of any other great blogs that we haven’t included then do let us know at theadoptionsocial@gmail.com

Britmums conference
Last year both Sarah and I (supported by The Open Nest) attended this massive two day conference for parent bloggers – just a week after The Adoption Social launched. This year, we’re doing it again! We’re looking forward to getting together, meeting other bloggers, developing our blogging skills and passing it all on to you too (oh and of course, there’s the goody bag too). If you’re coming along and we don’t already know about it – let us know, perhaps we could arrange a meet-up?

Exciting news
We do indeed have some exciting news, but we can’t quite share it all with you just yet. The bit I think we can say is that we’re hoping to arrange an Adoption Social family social – in a safe space with trained, experienced support, in August. If you’d be interested in this, please let us know so we can get a feel for numbers.

The other exciting news…well, you’ll just have to keep checking back for a little announcement soon!

And finally, here are a few of the posts we’ve published on The Adoption Social this month:
– An interesting anonymous post on feeling Second Best as a parent, this anonymous poster wanted the view of adoptees.

– We’ve met Mr Adoption Journey Blog, On the road of adoption, Suddenly Mummy and 3 Bees and a Honey in our popular Meet The Blogger Series.LGBTAFW-header2
– Following National LGBT Adoption Week, we published a quick round-up of some LGBT adoption bloggers.
– A great post from Gareth Marr on Pupil Premium Plus. We’re really looking forward to a follow-up. What did you think?
– Something a bit different – a review and suggestions of music for in the car. Are your favourites on the list?

– Sarah and Vicki were both featured in a book some time ago, here they share their contributions to that book – each in 100 words.

If you have any posts that you’d like to contribute, then please do send them into us at theadoptionsocial@gmail.com. We’re particularly looking for general posts for ‘The Blog’ – you can write whatever you’d like in this section. We also love hearing your feedback, so do get in touch.

The Adoption Social Times 2

It’s time for our second monthly round-up of all our posts on The Adoption Social.

Thanks to everyone that has read, commented on or shared a post this last month. We’ve had several messages of support and some lovely feedback from both contributors and readers alike. If you have any ideas for posts that you’d like to see on here, then please do drop us a line at theadoptionsocial@gmail.com.

request for tips and advice#WASO
As you might have seen we published a round-up of #WASO posts this month with both of us choosing 3 of our favourite linked posts. We hope to do this every month, to try to give a bit more support, exposure and traffic to some of the bloggers that take part.

Forthcoming themes for March are:
7 March – Friendships
21 March – Recipes – and why they’re important to your family

 

What’s new?
We launched another new linky. We like to have several on the go at one time, but we know not everyone has time to write a new post for each linky. So ‘From The Archives’ is a new opportunity to link up an old post. Hopefully this’ll mean more people visit some of your older posts that might have missed out on some blog love. If you come across a post you’ve not seen before, I’m sure the blogger would appreciate your comments. We’ll alternate between this new linky and ‘The Things We Do’, so the schedule will look like this.
The Things We Do – 3rd, 17th, 31st March
From The Archives – 10th, 24th March

Britmums Round-Up
We’ve both been avid readers of the Britmums Adoption and Fostering Round-Up since it began, edited by Maryam Lane. In recent times Maryam extended her family and both Sarah and I helped out with editing the round-up when Maryam was unable. Sadly, she’s since decided to step down, but Sarah and I have jointly taken on the role of Editor. Sarah’s done a smashing job this month – here’s her round-up. We’re trying our hardest to include blogs that both link up to #WASO and our other linkys, and blogs that don’t take part in them. So rest assured that even if you don’t link up, we’ll do our best to share your blog in the Britmums round-up. If you know of some fantastic blogs – do let us know so we can include them.

And here’s a final round up of some of our posts this month…

We published an anonymous post from an adopter who often hears suggestions that she’s crazy. What do you think? Would you do it all again?

One adoptive dad is concerned about his relationship with his wife and ask for help in making time for them as a couple.

We met some more bloggers – Family of Five, Grey Street, Our Dear Daughter and Adopt and Keep Calm.

We received several supportive comments on this emotional piece about post adoption support. Have you experienced the same?

AProblemSharedrequestIf you have any posts that you’d like to contribute, then please do send them into us at theadoptionsocial@gmail.com. We’re particularly looking for general posts for ‘The Blog’ – you can write whatever you’d like in this section, and also ‘Handy Tips’ pieces. We also love hearing your feedback, so do get in touch.