The recently published landmark Black Pound Report 2022 by backlight describes the phenomenon of 'psychological passing'. This is when multi-ethnic consumers (the term it uses for people from Black, asian and other ethnic groups), change their behaviour in shops. It is defined as the desire to change one's appearance and adapt behaviour to "fit in" … Continue reading Black consumers and the black pound.
Do read my article in this months Professional Social Worker. Play awaySocial workers should be assessing families and carers for their capacity to have fun, says Yoni Ejo Yoni Ejo, is an Adoption Coach, Trainer, Registered Social Worker Manager, Adopter, and Adoptee. As child care social workers, we underestimate the importance of play. I've been … Continue reading Play Away, Assessing families for their Capacity For Fun.
Yoni Ejo So I'm going to say something quite controversial. Why is it that adoptees who have experinced adoption itself as a negative experience are seen as the only legitimate voices on the internet at the moment? There seems a lot of silencing of adoptees like myself who know that adoption gave me a lot … Continue reading More voices
I was privileged yesterday to be invited to attend and present to the independent review of children's social care. This is described as "a once in a generation opportunity to transform children's social care system and provide children with loving safe and stable families".Chaired by Josh McAllister, social enterprise enterpreneur and CEO of Frontline, a … Continue reading The National Review of Adoption meeting 20.1.2022.
This is a piece of writing I found this week when I was looking for something else! I wrote it I think when I was 16 after coming out to my parents. Now as a trustee of Akt, a charity working with LGBTQ+ young people at risk of homelessness things have come full circle!"When my father … Continue reading Remembered teenage years!
I'm an adopter I have two girls, age 21, and 19. I think with hindsight, I wasn't always the great parent I aspired to be! I was really excited to adopt. And I went to all the training. I'd been a social worker for years. And I thought with my partner who is an experienced … Continue reading Please do tell me about your family?
Gratitude. At the age of one I was adopted, trans-racially. I had a challenging time in lots of ways. Experienced racism from peers, isolation and too many home moves. But I always thought it was probably the best outcome for me. I was recently contacted by my birth sister after completing a DNA test. I … Continue reading Why adoption can be transformational.
Holiday Season. By Keeley Craw, Play Therapist. There’s nothing like Christmas time to bring up a whole gamut of emotions from joy to despair, togetherness to conflict. For a child who has experienced a whole range of losses the amplified focus of the importance of family at Christmas time can make it one of the … Continue reading Five Top Tips for Helping Your Child During Christmas Time
Photo by Toni Cuenca on Pexels.com Buying presents for children can often be a minefield. Issues to navigate are often the cost of the toys, the quality of the toys, and of course the peer pressure to have the latest toy or gadget! My personal experience of buying toys has me wearing two different hats. … Continue reading Can I have this one….please! Choosing Toys for Your Child. By Keeley Craw Play Therapist
I'm going to be really controversial! I belive in direct contact with birth family, for adopted children when safe to have it. I adopted two siblings with my partner. Our girls are now 20 and 18 respectively. When we adopted, direct contact was not given to us as an option. And to be completely transparent … Continue reading Contact: How hard can it be?