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Trauma damage to the brain

After a difficult week one of our members , Louise , wrote this: – “Just going to leave this here because I know many of you are, or have been, in this situation: A brain which has been severely traumatised…

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I’m Tired…

Potato Members have recently been attending a variety of online events talking about CPV (Child to Parent Violence), Attachment and The Care Review. The words of a potato member demonstrate clearly how many of our members feel so misunderstood when…

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Trauma Inspired Poetry

There are some of our members who are not only adopters but also Special Guardians. The Potato Group has been given permission to publish a poem written by Dawn Henderson, a Special Guardian kinship carer for her nephew. Some of…

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Regulation and the Adoptive Parent

A very interesting blog piece around regulation. We have been kindly been given permission to post it here. If you would like to visit the blog you can find it at : http://www.hiddenvictims.co.uk Regulation and the Adoptive Parent Emotional regulation…

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How Can A Potato Make A Difference?

Being an adopter faced with the complexity and difficulties of parenting our tats through the teenage years and beyond, we are held back by three “P’s” Personalisation Thinking it’s all our fault – – it isn’t, even though constantly being…

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Don’t judge until you’ve walked a mile in my shoes

One of our members recently had a conversation with a friend which left her struggling. “My son is making some difficult choices this year, that I don’t approve of, but I do still love him and we still support him…

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Adoptive Parent’s Poem

This moving piece of poetry was written by a member. It clearly shows the struggle and heartbreak that many adoptive parents experience, especially when dealing with those who are supposedly there to help us.

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What Free School Meals Meant to Me

This is the letter that the adult adopted daughter of one of our members wrote to her MP. It’s a powerful reminder of just how important free school meals are for neglected or deprived children. So this is something that…

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Reflections on National Adoption Week

Our first contribution, written powerfully from the heart, comes from a member who is tirelessly advocating for her adopted son 20 years after beginning their journey to become a family. Please read it and reflect: Next week is National Adoption…

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POTATO Arts Day (2019)

Every year, we have a couple of days break from looking after our traumatised adopted young people. In the team of POTATO we have some talented artists, caring compassionate and fun individuals. We have all lives life with traumatised adopted…

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