Adopting Maisie

One couple's story of adoption and overcoming a rocky first few weeks
Diagrama Adoption is looking for more adopters who could offer a loving home to children like Maisie

With a desperate shortage of BME adopters, children from Black and minority ethnic (BME) heritage often have to wait much longer to find their forever home.

As Diagrama Adoption launches a new campaign to find more BME adopters to help those children who wait the longest, Tom and Caroline have shared their story about the adoption of their little girl Maisie.

Diagrama launches new appeal as adoption figures soar

Series of 'Meet the Adopter' events planned
Diagrama Adoption is urgently seeking more adopters from the Black and minority ethnic community

Diagrama Adoption is urging the Black community to consider adopting a vulnerable child as the numbers on the national register have more than doubled in a year.

A new campaign has been launched amid fears that more children from a black and minority ethnic background, classed as ‘harder to place’, will be waiting longer to find their forever family.

Sun shines on summer picnic for adopted and fostered children

Diagrama adoption social worker Heidi with her face painted at the annual summer picnic in Winchester

The sun shone for Diagrama’s first summer picnic this year for adopted and fostered children in the South of England.

Children at the annual event in Winchester in July met old and new friends, had fun on the bouncy slide, enjoyed face painting and played football.

The annual picnics are a vital source of support for both children and adults. Parents can tap into strong informal support gaining encouragement from others in the same situation and celebrating their family life. Sharing experiences and trading parenting tips can be invaluable.

Adoption support group’s spirits are sky high after trampolining trip

Diagrama adoption support group takes trip to trampoline park

‘How old were you when you were adopted?’ sparked a riot of responses to one child’s question at Diagrama’s recent adoption support group for children.

Spirits were sky high, as were feet, arms and legs, when 11 hot and happy young people enjoyed an hour, “flipping out” at a trampoline park in Southampton on June 24.

Ranging in age from 11 to 17 years, friendships were formed playing trampoline volley ball, or just by being nearby when your fellow jumper needed a hand to scramble up a climbing wall... or out of a deep sponge pit!

Getting the most out of adoption introductions

Introductions is the time during which new adoptive parents or long-term foster carers first meet and get to know the child or children who will become a part of their family.

Whether you are an adopter about to go through introductions or a foster carer who will need to facilitate introductions as children move on from your family, this is likely to be a challenging time for a variety of reasons as emotions and anxieties will be running high. 

Who can foster?

Frequently asked questions about becoming a foster carer

Fostering transforms lives – that’s the theme for this year’s Foster Care Fortnight. We know the amazing work of Diagrama’s foster carers really does make a huge difference to the lives of the children they look after. The impact of offering a vulnerable child a caring and nurturing home environment can be lifelong and fostering is one of the most rewarding roles you will ever have.

I wouldn’t have missed being a foster parent for the world

When Jennifer and her partner Asa decided to look into becoming foster parents, little did they know the experience would enrich their own lives as much as those of the children they would be looking after.

As Foster Care Fortnight 2017 begins across the UK, Diagrama Fostering is calling for more families to get involved as The Fostering Network reveals  7,000 more carers are needed to offer loving, stable and secure homes to children and young people across the UK.

Facing the monsters together

Today, on Big Adoption Day, Diagrama adopter David Beales shares his experience of helping his little boy to fight his demons

When you decide to adopt a child with Diagrama, one of our first tasks is to ensure you understand as much as possible about the children in need of adoption – including the experiences they may have had and the trauma they have likely experienced.

We provide dedicated support to help you and your child overcome those tricky times and, if needed, we will help you access specialised assistance, perhaps through therapy or other interventions, to get you all back on the right path.

New Family Social explain complex hurdles for LGBT foster carers and adopters

Diagrama’s fostering and adoption teams have been working with LGBT charity New Family Social to help provide sensitive support throughout application processes and beyond.

Diagrama’s joint adoption and fostering panel members joined social workers and other members of the team for training presented by New Family Social where their representatives explained the complex hurdles that LGBT applicants face when applying to foster or adopt.

Diagrama staff were taken through the history of equalities and LGBT rights and how everyday general occurrences in life make assumptions about couples being heterosexual – such as application forms which specify Mr and Mrs instead of ‘partner'.

It takes a village to raise a child...

In celebration of LGBT Adoption and Fostering week, Diagrama adopters Rachel and Annie share the story of their journey to parenthood and the support they have received along the way.

Today marks the start of LGBT Adoption and Fostering week 2017 – and Diagrama Adoption is, as always, proud to support this campaign. Diagrama Adoption welcomes enquiries from people from all walks of life and our LGBT adopters and foster carers receive free membership to New Family Social where they can access specialised assistance, as well as dedicated, personalised support from our own team.

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