Written by Adele Freeman

Blocked Care

What is Blocked Care and how do I know if I have it? I recently wrote about why, as a therapist, we often prioritise work with parents over working directly…...

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Written by Lucy Murray

Self-Care: Why and How?

In this piece I wanted to think about the importance of your self-care. “My self-care!” I hear you cry! I’m guessing that between trying to parent the traumatised children in…...

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Written by Lynn Findlay

Taking care of yourself online

Protecting our Online Reputation – Self Care as a Digital Parent “Secure your own mask before helping others” Introduction In my previous article on digital parenting I wrote about how…...

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Written by Adele Freeman

Child to Parent Violence (CPV)

What is Child to Parent Violence? Child to Parent Violence (CPV), also known as Adolescent to Parent Violence and Abuse (APVA) or Parent Abuse (PA) has been gaining increasing attention…...

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Written by Lucy Murray

Self-Harm

Your child or adolescent harming themselves can be a terrifying prospect. It may leave you, as their parent(s) or carer(s), feeling powerless, scared and unsure about the best way to…...

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Written by Charlotte

Coping with the School Holidays

Life is full of beginnings and endings and one of the social skills that school teaches our children is how to manage these.   Every school and family have their own…...

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Written by Amber

Getting Your Voice Heard (FREE ACCESS)

I so often hear that foster carers and adopters feel that their knowledge of their child(ren) is not taken into account by the powers that be. The struggle in getting…

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Written by Amber

Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) (FREE ACCESS)

What is Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS)? FAS comes under the banner of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), which is a broad spectrum of completely preventable intellectual and developmental deficits in…

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Written by Amber

Sexualised Behaviour

Sexualised behaviour in fostered and adopted children is very common but it is an incredibly difficult subject for adults to think and talk about openly. As a result we often…...

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Written by Amber

Stealing

Stealing is a reasonably common behaviour seen in fostered and adopted children. It can be alarming for parents and carers but it is frequently an expression of attachment behaviour and…...

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Written by Amber

Food Issues

Many children who have started out in homes that were abusive and/or neglectful face significant challenges around food. This can be due to a relatively simple association with a lack…...

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Written by Amber

Controlling Behaviour (FREE ACCESS)

Fostered and adopted children are often very controlling of their environments and the people within it. It’s often tough to know how to approach the controlling behaviour or even why…

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Written by Amber

Competitiveness

Competitiveness between adopted or fostered children and others is incredibly common and can be very disruptive to family life. It frequently results in bickering and falling out and can leave…...

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Written by Amber

Attention-Seeking vs. Attachment-Seeking

Children who attention-seek, i.e. monopolise their primary caregivers’ time and who struggle to tolerate your attention being elsewhere, can be an extraordinary challenge. It is not uncommon for these compulsive…...

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Written by Amber

Wetting and Soiling

Many fostered and adopted children have difficulties with wetting (aka enuresis) and soiling (aka encopresis). Indeed there are many children with happy, healthy enough lives who have such problems. There…...

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