We are a UK based group of parents who have adopted our children from the looked after system in the past 20 years. All of our teenagers are incredible survivors who need specialist parenting which can be very hard going. Despite dealing with some heavy subjects, we like to meet socially and have a bit of relaxation with other parents who understand what we are facing. These pages are by way of an introduction to our group, our aims and an overview of what we do. Our Group is a not for profit organisation committed to this community. Here is a brief (not exclusive) list of things POTATO group do.
Are they heading for a Thai jail?
Find out how they get on in BAMBOO part 3.
Would you believe all this stuff was possible with a traumatised young person? Here at POTATO we are amazed at the tenacity, intelligence and ‘sheer bloody minded hanging on in there’ ism in our adoptive parents.
Sometimes just about hanging on with your eyes shut praying, hoping and getting through by the skin of your teeth might be more like the day to day.
Bamboo adventures maybe for another day but sometimes achievement looks like being able to drink a hot cuppa and not be sworn at, or have an hour when you realise you haven’t worried about your adopted teen is really nailing it.
Just got in from taking one of our much loved POTATO dogs for a walk in the sunshine. It’s icy and bitterly cold.
But thankfully bright and I feel so much happier and exercised afterwards. You end up day dreaming wondering about summer, the warm sun without icy wind. Holidays sound a good plan… France? Devon? Turkey? Dubai or perhaps… Phuket?
For those who don’t know, holidays for traumatised young people can be really tough. For many it’s the first time they really notice how different kids with ‘normal range’ starts are to traumatised ones. They struggle enormously with change. All their controlling, stress driven behaviours reappear and there’s very little relaxing on the side of parent or child.
Doing a big thing like Thailand is such a huge leap for any family, let alone one with a traumatised young person.
This weeks blog is following our friends are off on their Thailand Adventures and here is part two.
Oh yes our dear friends, it is nearly time for our annual weekend of socialising, fun, meeting and learning. This year we are heading to Birmingham on the weekend beginning Friday 10th November 2017 until Sunday 12th November 2017.
There are plans in place for meeting up socially, an AGM and conference with space for you to attend the AdoptionUK conference if you wish, or going shopping, having some R&R in between.
Our AGM and conference is from 10am-1pm on Sunday the 12th.
We have nominations for the committee (including new roles) forms to complete by noon on Saturday 11th November, together with details of roles and responsibilities and the current holders of these positions within the committee.
If you would like to come to any of our social events and/or AGM & conference and you are a Member of our group you would be most welcome.
Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org to request further details or clarification.
Founder member and chair of POTATO is to appear on the Victoria Derbyshire BBC2 programme.
Together with fellow experienced adoptive parents we explain that;
Also, radio 5 are revisiting their file on 4 survey with one of our members speaking as a guest.
If you are an adoptive parents and would like to join our group:
You can donate using PayPal
(We comply fully with Data Protection and any information will remain confidential unless there is a serious risk of harm)
Or it is easier and cheaper to donate directly to the POTATO account.
Here’s a message from our treasurer;
I would like to take the opportunity to remind there is an annual membership donation of £10 which could now be sorted by standing order or if you wish to be generous by a £1 a month direct debit.
The account details are :-
Sort code 09-01-28
Account number 90254012
Account name: The Potato Group
We have been told that the PAC in London have some spaces for their NVR course starting on 18th of September.
PAC have some places on this 8 week Group for Adoptive Parents. It starts on September 18th!
CHILD TO PARENT VIOLENCE (CPV) PROJECT
Non Violent Resistance – NVR
8 Week Group Sessions
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