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Happiness Photo Challenge.

Today Three Pink Diamonds and a Blue Sapphire introduces a new photo challenge, I’ll let her explain in her own words, which can also be found here on her blog.

“Just before Christmas my fellow blogger ‘The Family of 5’ organised a 31-day photo challenge for families that are connected with adoption. If you wish to see what we got up to, you can view the pics at #FO5Photo. The idea was to think about ways that us adopters take care of ourselves on a daily basis, whilst having a bit of fun too! 
It was really popular and I felt as though it brought some of us adopters together as we shared in the small things that we use to care for ourselves and bring us a bit of joy and comfort.

So myself and a couple of adopters have thought about doing a 100-day challenge. The idea is to take a picture a day for 100 days of something that makes you happy. It could be anything, something big or something small. Maybe a cake, maybe a cup of coffee, or a picture of your favourite pet.

 So we can all see and share in each others happiness the hashtag #TakingCare100 has been thought of. So each time you post a picture be sure to use the above hashtag.takingcare100

At the end of the 100 days it would be lovely to look back over the pictures and see how we have cared for ourselves over that time period and be able to smile at some of the fun we have had either on our own or with our family and friends. 

There is no start or finish date so join in as and when you can and if you miss a day (or two) just jump straight back in and carry on.

It would be great to have as many people linked to adoption as possible to join in so if you can please share, re-tweet or forward this post on to raise awareness that would be most appreciated.

Thank you & I look forward to seeing your pictures!”

So because here at The Adoption Social we first love a challenge, two, we are right behind #TakingCare and three, love a project that we can all do together, we are lending our support to this project.

Below you will find a linky where you can link up blog posts that feature you #TakingCare100 pictures. You might be posting every day, or maybe you are doing a weekly round up of your pictures, or maybe one particular picture inspired you to write a post, any which way, you can link up below. The linky is open until the end of January, when we’ll do a review of how were all getting on.

We’ve also created a pinterest board so we can collect together, as many as possible, of the pictures, in one place, including those that don’t appear on a blog. You’ll find the Pinterest board HERE If anyone does not want their pictures on the board, please contact us.

So remember to keep sharing your pictures with hashtag #TakingCare100, linking up below,  and keep on taking care.


The Adoption Social Times

It’s been a while since The Adoption Social Times has been published – but we’re back again this month with a round-up of all things Adoption Social…

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What an amazing event that turned out to be! On 18th October, around 80 adoptive parents, adoptees and others working in adoption came together in York to think about #TakingCare. Speakers talked with passion about their stories, their children, their parents, their thoughts and their suggestions for taking care. Conversations were honest, open and thought provoking, and many faces and names were connected. The evening social also proved a popular event, with many a dancing induced blister being reported!
There are many blogs with reviews of the event, but suffice to say it was popular, met it’s aims, and will hopefully be repeated in other locations.

 

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BAAF National Adoption Week Awards 2014
As you might know, it’s National Adoption Week next week (3-9 November) , and during that time BAAF holds it’s National Adoption Week Awards to recognise and celebrate good practice and exceptional achievement among those working or involved in adoption in the UK.
We’re super proud to share with you that we’ve been shortlisted for the Digital Champion of The Year award!!! Yes, how blooming lovely is that? We have to thank Jenny at Inspired Foundations for the gentle nudge – else we wouldn’t have put ourselves forward, and of course we owe HUGE thanks to all our supporters, readers, and contributors without whom The Adoption Social wouldn’t exist. So keep your fingers crossed for us, the awards ceremony takes place on 4th November.

#WASO
The Weekly Adoption Shout Out continues to be popular, with many a new and old blogger linking up. Please do continue to do so – even you haven’t already got our #WASO badge, keep an eye out in future weeks for the code and let all your readers know that you join in.

Forthcoming themes for this month are:
31 October – Embracing social media
14 November – Secrets
28 November – At this time of year…

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To help promote National Adoption Week 2014, this year we’ll be posting acrostic poems each day of the week. An acrostic poem is one where a word is written vertically, and then a word or sentence is written beginning with each one of those downwards letters. Here’s an example.  We’re looking for poems to be contributed that we can publish (anonymously or in your name) throughout the week. Perhaps your kids might like to give it a go? Our theme of course is ‘Adoption’ so please use that as your vertical word.

If you have a poem to contribute, please email us at theadoptionsocial@gmail.com or message us via our Facebook page.

Snap happybrothers
One of our newish features 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.

Using social media
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 theadoptionsocial@gmail.com

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

Author Katie Wrench wrote about The Importance of the Life Story Book.

We published a post on how to create some calm time during the busy month of December.

Suddenly Mummy shared some top tips for introductions.

Our anonymous contributor wrote about that moment when you’re passed a baby…and her subsequent reflections on not having her own child…

A guest post from EyePAT about ‘keeping your child safe on the internet’.

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.

Weekly Adoption Shout Out – #WASO week 89

This Weekend we are #TAKINGCARE

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Hello fellow bloggers and welcome back to our weekly link up for adoption related blog posts. We want to thank you for joining us in sharing the stories of your life.

As this weekend sees the first ever Conference from The Open Nest, entitled Taking Care, we want to remind you what a big part you play in helping take care of this community. Your shared stories of your lives and your adoption experiences make others feel less alone. I hope you too feel supported by those that visit your sites and comment. So keep up the amazing work and remember how important it is to TAKE CARE.

To celebrate this weekend we are going to have an optional theme this weekend of TAKING CARE. Tell us how you care for yourself and your family.

So come on then, link up below……



Weekly Adoption Shout Out #WASO Week 88

WASO 88Smile it’s Friday! And it’s time for the Weekly Adoption Shout Out.

Hope you’ve all got your posts ready to link up? No theme this week, so add all your best and favourite posts. And if you know someone who blogs, but doesn’t link up, then please do give them a nudge.

Whilst I’ve got your attention – just a little reminder about The Open Nest Taking Care conference on October 18th in York. There are still a few tickets available, and don’t forget that we’re hosting a social event that evening – music, a bar, friendly people – if you’re planning on coming to that evening event, please drop us a line at theadoptionsocial@gmail.com. We’re really looking forward to meeting you, so do come and say hello.

OK, on with the linky. If you need any technical help with joining in, then please do shout, we’re always happy to help.

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

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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.

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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.