A positive view of adoption

At a time when adoption sometimes gets a bad press this American adopter has no doubts about the decision she took

"As she is growing up, more questions come up," Pride said. "I'm trying to help her understand it's not about your destination in life, it's about the journey and the people you meet along the way that bring true meaning to your life."
Ridley and Hall's cases cited as the way Ireland needs to go!

Maybe we should open the first Ridley and Hall office in Dublin. The article refers to two cases that we brought which made sure that kinship carers in England and Wales were not discriminated against. We are still fighting to make sure their voice is heard.

In 2010, Kent County Council was ordered to pay a 64-year-old who was looking after her granddaughter a foster care rate, the Telegraph reported.

And, in 2013, it was ruled that the London borough of Tower Hamlets should give a full foster care allowance to a woman caring for two nephews and a niece, the Guardian reported.

Angela said that she took her case to court here on numerous occasions, but failed to win similar financial support than the UK cases.

It may the US - but grandparent carers are still struggling financially

This short article confirms what grandparent carers in the UK would say - they are ready willing and do take on the care of their loved ones. But the support is often inadequate.

Looking at this article the system is working better in England and Wales than in the US!

The financial strain of raising a child unexpectedly can be a major burden for grandfamilies, especially given one-fifth of grandparents raising grandchildren have incomes below the poverty line, according to census data. 
Is getting older all bad - the evidence is that for some it isn't!

This thoughtful article from Yvonne Roberts in The Observer suggests that some grandparents and baby boomers are changing perceptions of what it means to get older. Grandparents thwarted in playing a role in their grandchildren's life by being denied contact should get in touch with us!

What is clear is that in ageing, many share – they help with housing costs and childcare and, according to the charity Grandparents Plus and the longitudinal work on “the changing life course” by the Economic and Social Research Council, a role with grandchildren is valued highly, as is friendship, “connectedness” and experiences (weekends away, reviving Britain’s seaside economy) .
How to prepare for old age?

Somethings we can help with - will, living wills and lasting powers of attorney ...drinking moderately and avoiding adding on the pounds are outside our skill! But we'd advise you to get in touch!

The advice went something like this: make a will, make a living will, put in place power of attorney, have a pension, avoid being overweight, don’t smoke, drink moderately, stay active, think about your needs in old age before you get there and, if necessary, downsize and move to somewhere more suitable
Adoption Breakdown - can it be avoided?

Article from Community Care is thoughtful but if your placement is breaking down, get in touch with us.

The breakdown of an adoption has a huge impact on the adopters and child, whether it happens in the early days of the placement or months or years after the child has legally been adopted.
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