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The Adoption Social Times

TAStimesIt’s that time – it’s our monthly round-up of all things Adoption Social

Weekly Adoption Shout Out
Loving your posts these last few weeks – thanks so much for joining in. Do you know any other adoption bloggers who don’t link up? If so, why not suggest they join in too…
Themes for July are:
8th July – Moving on upAProblemSharedrequest
22nd July – 6 weeks

TASpic
With the month almost over it’ll soon be time for our round-up and new theme. You’ve got just a few days to post your #summerishere #taspic images on social media before we’ll (me included) find out what the next theme will be.

Summer holidays
The summer holidays are almost here. We’re aware this can be a challenging and difficult time
for some families as we settle into a different routine, learn to be around each other 24/7 again and have to battle with boredom. If you need any help PLEASE reach out…via email, Twitter, your blog, Facebook – whatever works for you. Remember we know what it can be like, we’re living it too. We’ll do our best to listen and support you and will also look forward to celebrating the good days too. We are all part of an amazing community and I know there will be someone online when you need them with a listening ear and a virtual hug.

Posts you might have missed:

We met Laura and Diego in our latest Meet The Blogger post.

Adoption UK announced it’s new magazine editor, someone you may have heard of…

Just yesterday we had a guest post about the Fagus project.

We shared a review of the Billy Says books by Joanne Alper.

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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.

TASpic
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.

#TASchat
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.

TASpic
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.

#TASchat
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.

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

 

The Adoption Social Times

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Our monthly round-up of all things Adoption Social…

Well that’s another year over and a brand new shiny one just beginning. For those of you who celebrate Christmas, how was it?
Weekly Adoption Shout Out
We had an extended break over the Christmas period and decided to keep #WASO open during that time. Lots of blogs have linked up and you can see the list here. Go and have a read?

Themes for forthcoming weeks are as follows:
15 January – If I were a child…
29 January – Dear teacher
12 February – Personal hygiene

TASawardstas awards
Did you get around to voting? Was your favourite tweeter or blogger in the running? Perhaps you were up for an award yourself?
Well, come along NEXT Thursday evening 9pm GMT to our awards party on Twitter and see if you or your nominee have won! Use #tasaward to join in. (We’ve had to change from our previously advertised date – hope you can still make it).

TASpic
We’ve loved seeing all your #festivefun #taspic images this last month. Come and find out tomorrow what our next theme will be – and keep posting those #taspics and sharing your favourites. It’s nice to see so many using their creative skills photographically.

Sore Points
We’ve been busy planning our next Adoption Sore Points week and as we mentioned last month, it will take place 8th – 14th February. The theme will be Personal Hygiene – periods, puberty, body odour, hair washing, soiling, wetting and everything else between. We’ll be posting book reviews, hosting a #TASchat and the #WASO theme that week will all be around Personal Hygiene, so make sure you come along to share experiences, pick up advice and chat.

If you’d like to write a guest post on your experiences for publication that week then we’d love to host it. Just get in touch at theadoptionsocial@gmail.com.
**We’re looking for professional experience and advice too, so please forward this on to anyone you think might be able to help**

New columnist wanted
We’re sad to tell you that Anna will no longer be writing her fortnightly ‘Anna Writes’ column at The Adoption Social. Anna feels like she’s running out of things to write about, and is concentrating on all sorts of other things, and we wish her all the best for the future. We also send thanks for her thought provoking and interesting posts, and are grateful for those she’s written.
But now, this opens up a new spot here on The Adoption Social. We’ve never really advertised for a columnist before – both Life on the Frontline and Anna Writes came along quite naturally. However, we feel a regular adoptee voice on The Adoption Social has been very worthwhile, interesting, informative and makes the site more inclusive and meaningful. So if you are an adoptee (or birth parent, family member or professional – someone who can offer an alternative viewpoint) and can commit to a regular spot reaching a variety of readers, please get in touch at theadoptionsocial@gmail.com

Guest editor applications still accepted
We’ve had several very good applications for guest editor, but we’re still considering who to take on. This means you’ve still got a little more time to let us know if you’re interested in taking over The Adoption Social in March. Find out more here and get in touch if you’d like to be considered.

That’s all for this month folks…

The Adoption Social Times

TAStimesOur monthly round-up of all things Adoption Social.

Adoption Sore Points
Last week saw another successful Adoption Sore Points week – this time on ‘contact’. The sore points weeks are there to get us talking about things that are often swept under the carpet, not talked about for fear of upset or offence or just generally difficult subjects. This one was no different and we hosted a large number of guest posts with varying views and experiences from birth families members, adoptive family members, adopted people and a professional working within adoption.
There were plenty of comments on these posts, some in support of, some in disagreement and we were pleased to see some real discussion taking place and consideration of differing views.

We also had another helpful and informative #taschat twitter chat session, and you can see the round-up here on Storify (though not all comments were included as some forgot the all important twitter #…next time we’ll give you more reminders to use it!).

Very many thanks to everyone who contributed in anyway, we’re very grateful to you for making these interesting weeks as full, informative and conversational as you do!

Our next Sore Point week will be taking place mid-September, we’ll remind you nearer the time and let you know the theme too.

Weekly Adoption Shout Out
Our most recent Weekly Adoption Shout Out was themed for our Adoption Sore Points week – on contact. So if you look back at the latest WASO, you’ll see a number of posts on that topic, but not all, so do have a read through.

Theme wise, we’ve got:

31 July – In the car
14 August – So far, we’ve…
28 August – Books

#TASpic
Loving all the #Taspic photos you’re sharing. For those of you who don’t know, our current #taspic theme is #smallthings, though from August, it’ll be changing, so keep an eye out next week for the next #taspic theme post.

If you don’t know about #taspic and are intrigued, then here’s the last post which explains a bit about it, and there’s a feed over there on the right, where we share all the Instagram pics we can that have the #taspic hashtag.

Twitter chatting
We’ve really enjoyed hosting a few recent Twitter chats, and I’m therefore pleased to announce that we have been asked to host a Twitter chat for the Adoption Support Fund Expert Advisory Group – which includes our friends Al Coates @nadjasmit, Sally Donovan @sallydwrites and Jenny Jones @ins_foundations. We’ll be hosting this on 6th August, and inviting you to share your views of the Adoption Support Fund with Al, Sally and Jenny. We’ll give you more details nearer the time and let you know the hashtags that we’ll be using too.

Meet The Blogger
It’s been a while since we last published a Meet The Blogger post, but when The Giggles Family contacted us and asked to fill in a questionnaire, we were reminded of how much fun they are and how much they tell us about YOU.
If you haven’t yet been a featured Meet The Blogger, then please get in touch and we’ll email you the interview. They really are a great way of sharing a bit about yourself without giving away any personal details, and the best bit is that you choose the questions you want to answer and don’t have to reply to anything you don’t want to. The only condition is that you have to have a blog of your own.

And as always, here are a few posts you might have missed:

It took a while, but we finally got a response back from Edward Timpson after our #WASO special in November.

We posted an alarming Problem Shared, where a child went missing.

Anna’s been writing about self esteem, self harm and coping.

 

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…
feeties
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.