A journey into adoption - personal musings on our experience of going through the adoption process in the UK
A Journey Into Adoption
Where we give a little bit of info about ourselves and our background.
Where we talk about the thought processes behind our decision that adoption was the right thing for us.
Where we talk about taking the plunge and the first open evening at our local authority centre.
The second meeting - an all day "Orientation Day" event for those interested in adoption
Filling in the application form and our first real experiences of the bureaucracy involved in the whole process
Chapter 13 – Adoption Trek: First Contact – The Third Preparation Day Pt 2
Discussions about contact, Googling and unusual names
Chapter 14 – Sorry Sir, my dog ate it – The Final Preparation Day
Process, legal stuff and doing your homework
Chapter 15 – Getting to know you: the first home-study visit
Meeting Denise, our social worker, for the first time and the office dragon
Chapter 16 – Friends – the second home-study visit
Eco maps (whatever they are) and early recollections of our childhoods...
Chapter 17 – Questions, questions – Exploring Attachment:Home-study visits continued
Being quizzed about the early experiences which made us who we are... and how we express that emotionally. And failing to join the Scouts
Chapter 18 – Childhood memories: Home-study visits continued
Becoming a "babe magnet" (with the under 2s at creche!), and reflecting back on our earliest memories.
Chapter 19 – Lots of homework and a reunion: Home-study visits continued
Thinking about Health and Safety, the hoops you have to jump through and a reunion with the guys from the Preparation Days
Chapter 20 – Play up and play the game: Home-study visits continued
The system, working within the system, working around the system, playing the system and how the system plays you...
Chapter 21 – Out and about: Home-study visits continued
Getting out of the house to meet some people at the sharp end... our visit to chat to a foster carer.
In which we meet some people who had already adopted and visit a special adopters mums and toddlers group...
Chapter 23 – Cross References: Home-study visits continued
In which our nearest and dearest are asked to hold forth on our fitness to be parents...or otherwise...
In which we actually get to meet our little man, for just one hour!