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The Adoption Social Times


Yes, it’s time for your regular round-up of news from the world of The Adoption Social…

Weekly Adoption Shout Out
It’s great to see so many of you joining in with #WASO – even through the Easter Holidays when you’re bound to have been busier, and throughout our own break and quietness on social media – so a big thank you.
We’ve got a themed week this week, and here’s a heads up on forthcoming themes too:
15 April – Finding inspiration
29 April – Unexpected support
13 May – This week I…

We’ll be publishing our Top 3 WASO very soon – make sure you check to see if you’re included.

Guest editor
Throughout March we were pleased to welcome @craftikitty as our guest editor. Sadly, due to our unscheduled Easter break, we weren’t able to publish as much as we’d hoped from @craftikitty, but we’re pleased to have had her input into themes during the month and we’re looking forward to having another guest editor in future.

Our TASpic theme was picked by @craftikitty this month, and she chose #mademesmile. We’ll have a round-up of the pictures very soon, and we’ll announce the next theme shortly too. Don’t forget to get involved – just share your photos on Twitter, your blog, Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #taspic and the theme of the moment.

Fancy another #TASchat?
Well, get 28th April in your diary, 9pm GMT on Twitter. Given that our #WASO theme that week is ‘Unexpected Support’ that’ll also be the theme for the chat. So have a think about where you get unexpected support? Why was it so unexpected?

We still want your feedback
We know we’ve been a little quiet recently with illness and family taking over our time. But we’re back, and we’re looking forward to improving The Adoption Social and developing it over the next 12 months. We set the site up for you, so if you’ve got any ideas about what you’d like to see more or less of, other things you’d like to do, meet-ups (though we did a poll a while ago and found that our community is VERY s-p-r-e-a-d out and not neccesarily conducive to easy regional meet-ups), conferences, learning, posts, etc etc – Let us know! You can reach us on our facebook page, twitter or by email at theadoptionsocial@gmail.com

Posts you may have missed…

This parent needs help with finding positive male role models, given that big bro isn’t behaving well.

The Open Nest has published a new illustration considering the marketing of adoption in the future.

We were really pleased to publish a piece of poetry from a young adoptee.

Come along and read about A Hopeful Dad in a recent Meet The Blogger.


The Adoption Social Times

TAStimesOur monthly round-up of all things Adoption Social

Weekly Adoption Shout Out
Not a lot to say about #WASO this time around. It’s great to see so many new and regular faces WASO basicjoining in. Keep it up!
As you might know we’re planning on having a guest editor for March, and they will be choosing the themes for #WASO. As soon as they’ve been picked, we’ll let you know, but for now, the final February theme is:
26 February – Extended family

Guest editor
So next week is the beginning of March – yes already – and we’ll be bringing you a very special guest editor for the month. We’ll be introducing them next Tuesday, and they’ll be able to tell you a bit about what they’d like to bring to The Adoption Social over the month. Please be sure to give them your support, and get involved.

Positivity is sometimes hard to find amongst the fug of trauma, but recognising even the small bits of positive can help us, and those around us, so we picked the TASpic theme #Goodtimes this month.
If you want to have a look at the pictures that have been included, just use the #TASpic hashtag on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. And check out our round-up next week, when we’ll also be announcing our guest editor’s theme too.

Britmums adoption & fostering round-up
We’re back onto writing the Britmums Adoption & Fostering round-up as editors. The next round-up is due out very soon – so keep an eye out for it and see if you’re included. If you know of other blogs you think should be included – then let us know.

Our guest editor will be choosing our theme for the next #TASchat, and we’ll set a date for it really soon – we’ll let you know as soon as we have it.

We know we’ve been a little quiet recently with illness and family taking over our time. But we’re back, and we’re looking forward to improving The Adoption Social and developing it over the next 12 months. We set the site up for you, so if you’ve got any ideas about what you’d like to see more or less of, other things you’d like to do, meet-ups (though we did a poll a while ago and found that our community is VERY s-p-r-e-a-d out and not neccesarily conducive to easy regional meet-ups), conferences, learning, posts, etc etc – Let us know! You can reach us on our facebook page, twitter or by email at theadoptionsocial@gmail.com


Adoption Sore Points: Personal hygiene

Have you heard? Our next Adoption Sore Point takes place soon…
sorepoint12 February – 18 February here on www.theadoptionsocial.com and Twitter

As always, our Sore Points week will cover a topic that many might struggle to deal with, or talk about, but many adoptive families have to endure – Personal Hygiene.

What does that mean to you?
Well, it could mean wetting or soiling and all that goes with that – hiding wet or soiled clothing and bedding; refusing to wash after an accident; refusing to even believe or acknowledge there’s been an accident. Or perhaps even smearing, does this sit commonly with soiling?

Body odour and general hygiene; perhaps just because or due to anxiety sweating; or refusing to wash; forgetting to hand wash after toilet trips; puberty; cleaning ears, hair care and nits; hair removal and shaving;

Potty training in youngsters; boy’s aim; dribbling.

Bad breath; refusals to clean teeth, or forgetting; dentists visits.

Puberty; periods; using sanitary protection; thinking about flannels and towels during periods; talking about or discovering new hair; deeper voices; body changes; wet dreams; erections; and all those other new things that happen around/during puberty.

Talking about the importance or personal hygiene with young people, why it’s important and how to maintain cleanliness.

If you, or your young people have problems with any of these, then would you or they feel able to share your/their experiences in a guest post on The Adoption Social?
Perhaps you’ve found a good way of combatting one or more of these issues?  Do you know of or could recommend any good organisations, therapists, books, websites or other resources?
If you have a good tip or resource then we’d like to know about it. You can reach us at theadoptionsocial@gmail.com

Typically our Sore Points weeks look like this:

Monday – Guest post
Tuesday – Guest post
Wednesday – Guest post
Thursday – Book reviews and resources post, #TASchat on Twitter
Friday – Sunday – Weekly Adoption Shout Out (#WASO) themed on Personal Hygiene

So make a note in your diary, and come along and get involved. If you have any ideas of themes for future #AdoptionSore Points, then please do let us know. We’re collating a list and will work our way through.

Weekly Adoption Shout Out #WASO Week 148

Is it really the last #WASO of the year I hear you ask…WASO 148

Well yes, it is. But we’ll be back again next year!
We’re taking a break from posting for two weeks to spend time with our families, so instead we’ll be re-sharing our ten most popular posts of the year – do keep an eye out for them.

Today’s Weekly Adoption Shout Out obviously opens today, but will remain open until 3rd January instead of just this weekend. And we’ll be back to posting daily from 4th January.

We have a theme this time, but it’s optional as always. Apt for this end of the year it’s ‘Looking Back’, do link your favourite and best posts of the week too though, and feel free to link more than one post during the couple of weeks.

Now, just a quick reminder that voting is now open for The Adoption Social awards as we’ve been able to announce our shortlists earlier than expected. You can vote up until 4th January and you’re all invited to our awards party on 7th January, 9pm, Twitter #taschat #tasawards.

Anyway, that’s enough for now. Go ahead and get linking and sharing those blog posts, and all the best for a calm, peaceful and Merry Christmas. We’ll see you in 2016.
Vicki and Sarah

#TASchat time!

Tonight we’ll be hosting our final #TASchat of 2015 – will you be coming?

We’ve been running fairly regular Twitter chats for a little while now, some have been on serious subjects, others more an informal natter and we’ve really been enjoying them. What about you?
Tonight’s subject is #FestiveFun so get ready for our Christmassy questions…

If you’re not sure what a Twitter chat involves, then this post is for you – it explains how to take part, and I can assure you it’s really not as scary as it sounds. www.kizoa.com_collage_2015-12-09_20-04-25

We try to round-up each chat after too, so if you can’t make it, you can always have a read afterwards. We use Storify as a tool for this, and you can find our previous Storify round-ups here:
Child to Parent Violence
The Best Bits
National Adoption Week 2015
Surviving Christmas

Tonight. 9-10pm GMT. Twitter. #TASchat. #Festivefun.

The Adoption Social Times




Our monthly round-up of all things Adoption Social

Weekly Adoption Shout Out
Many thanks to everyone who has linked up over the last month – there are so many of you blogging and sharing now. It’s great to see how the community has developed and grown over the last few years. Keep on joining in, reading and sharing posts, to keep our amazing community going.
Themes for the forthcoming weeks:
18 December – Looking back
15 January – If I were a child…

***We’re taking a break over Christmas so the above #WASO will open on 18th December and remain open until 3 January. The #WASO after that will be 8 January and is theme free.***

TAS Awards
Well, I mentioned some awards news last month, and here’s more about it. We’re holding our very own awards this year, and winners will be announced in a live Twitter party, 9pm on January 7th. If you want to join in by nominating your favourite blogger, or best twitter friend, then find out more in this post, and drop us a line. Come on, let’s give our online friends and supporters a bit of love.

Our next #TASchat takes place this week. Are you coming along? You’ll find us on Twitter, Thursday evening at 9-10pm. This week we’ll be having a fairly general get to know you chat with a festive twist! I’m bringing the mince pies – will you bring the brandy?
Use the hashtag #taschat to find us all.
Future #TASchats:
January – 7 January – Awards ‘ceremony’
February – 11 February – Personal hygiene
March – 10 March – To be confirmed

Christmas break
We’ll be taking a break over the Christmas period to enjoy some time with our families and maybe plan a little for next year on The Adoption Social (stranger things have happened). So our final #WASO before we break will start on 18 December, and we’ll leave it open during our break – it’ll close on 3 January. During the break we’ll be sharing our most popular posts of 2015 during the week before, and the week following Christmas Day. We’ll be back with brand new posts on 4 January.

As always, TASPic has provided a bit of creative relief for some, and our theme of ‘all for me’ was another popular one. In keeping with the time of year, this month’s theme is ‘festive fun’. See a round up here of some of our favourite images from last month.

Adoption Sore Points
This year we’ve run a couple of our #SorePoints weeks – on subjects that are a little harder to think and talk about, but are important all the same. The next #SorePoints week takes place 8-14 February, and the subject will be ‘Personal Hygiene’ – body odour, refusal to wash, wetting/soiling, periods and puberty too. If you’d like to write a guest post on your experiences of the above, anonymously or named, then please drop us a line at theadoptionsocial@gmail.com as soon as possible. What have you or your child experienced? How have you handled it? What worked? What didn’t? What do you need more help with?

During the #SorePoints week, we’ll be sharing guest posts, book reviews, resources and on the Thursday of that week we’ll be hosting a twitter chat too. So put that date in your diary and come and join in.

A Problem Shared
Have you got an adoption related problem? Want some advice but not sure where to turn? Why not drop us a line at theadoptionsocial@gmail.com? We can include your problem on our ‘A Problem Shared’ page where our supportive community can make suggestions and share advice. You can do it anonymously or in your own name. Previous problems can be found just here, so you never know, someone may have already asked your question…

Some posts you might have missed:

This mum speaks out about disruption. Can you share any more advice?

Thinking about starting your own blog in the new year? We share 5 Top Tips to starting a blog here.

Still looking for presents? Here’s a great and popular post on gifts for children who are destructive.


#TASchat round-up – Surviving Christmas

Last week we held our monthly #TASchat on Twitter.CYMERA_20131211_155809 This month the theme was ‘Surviving Christmas’…

If you couldn’t make it, we’ve produced a handy round-up for you, which you can find here via Storify. There are some great tips on making it through Christmas, so be sure to take a look and maybe even make some notes.

Some of the top tips:

From @sares123
introduce changes gradually. Christmas fairy adds a little bit of Christmas everyday from 1st Dec”

From @fabwysiadfae
I always buy a present that he *knows* he’s going to get. He can’t cope with ‘surprises’ – even nice ones.

From @diggerdiaries
spread Xmas pressies over many days. Not all at once.”

If you’ve got any more tips to add, or comments to make, please do so below. Otherwise, we’ll see you in a few weeks for the next #TASchat on Thursday 10th December 9PM GMT.

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 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.

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

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

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.

#TASchat – Join us for more Twitter Chat

#Taschat is back next week.


We’ve really enjoyed the twitter chats we’ve hosted so we are planing to do more, hope you approve. We return next week on Thursday 24th September at 9pm GMT the subject is #MeetMe.

Although some of you are old friends and we always enjoy hanging out with you, we would also love to meet some of our newer twitter followers. And we also thought it would be fun for us all to learn a little bit more about each other. So in line with our new feature #MeetMe we will post questions which aim to reveal a little bit more about your life, don’t worry nothing too revealing.

So grab a tea, coffee, wine or gin and come and have a friendly chat.

We will also be hosting a #Taschat during National Adoption Week on Thursday 22nd October 9pm GMT.

As yet we have not decided on the subject to discuss, we thought maybe you would like to make a suggestion. Last year we did the #Howareyou? as we know many of you find the week difficult.  As we are featuring all posts from adoptees that week. We’d like a subject which can involve adoptees as well as adopters. Have a think and put your suggestions below in the comments or message us on twitter.

We will also do #Taschat in November and December here are the details:-

November – Thursday 19th 9pm GMT – Surviving Christmas

December – Thursday 10th 9pm GMT – subject TBC

Adoption Support Fund feedback chat

Have you accessed the Adoption Support Fund yet? How easy have you found it? Have your social workers been knowledgeable? How long has it taken?

This is the kind of feedback that is needed to improve the way the adoption support fund works, and so next week on Thursday August 6th, 9-10pm, we’ll be hosting a Twitter chat where you’ll be able to share your experiences with Jenny Jones, and hopefully Al Coates and Sally Donovan, all adoptive parents who sit on the expert advisory group that steers the adoption support fund.

We’ll be using our usual #taschat hashtag AND #asffb (Adoption Social Fund Feedback). We need both hashtags used in order to create a round-up of all the chatter and tweets that can be used by Jenny, Al and Sally. Any tweets that don’t include those hashtags, sadly won’t be included as it’s the only way we have of picking out those specific tweets.

We’ll be posing certain questions throughout the hour and we’re looking forward to hearing what you have to say. If you want a reminder of how to take part in a Twitter chat, then check out our tips here.

Otherwise, we look forward to chatting with you next Thursday 9-10pm on Twitter. Don’t forget those hashtags…