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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Social Outcomes and Early Life Experiences:
Thoughts and Behaviour in Adolescence
Researchers from the University of Manchester would like to invite you and your adolescent to participate in a new extension of the Social Outcomes and Early Life Experiences (SOCIAL) study.
Children who have been adopted have frequently experienced a change in their primary caregiver i.e. they have moved to a new home and a new family. Sometimes, they may also have had negative experiences in their very early life.
• We would like adopted children who are aged 11 to 16 years old and their families to take part in this research.
• Your child does not need to have experienced maltreatment or adversity to take part
• Your child does not need to be having social difficulties at the moment to take part
We are inviting all families who took part in the SOCiAL study to take part.
We are also inviting families who have not yet participated in the SOCiAL study to take part in the assessments detailed. For further information click this link