Adoption is different to parenting birth children. You need the same strength of character, perseverance and patience AND you need empathy, understanding and a huge barrel of compassion.

Bravery is central to adoption. The brave hearts of these children who have many times been let down very early in their lives, the bravery to keep going, to be resilient, resourceful and to dare to trust again is amazing.

Also those looking to be adoptive parents – the bravery you will need to parent in a therapeutic way is immense. There will be and are times of doubt, struggle and despair. BUT the courage to carry on means we can make a difference and help break the cycle for our children.

BraveHeart aims to help adopters focus on looking after themselves so they can build resilience and strengthen all the muscles needed to be a good parent, friend and comforter to our children. Sometimes we lead them, other times we will have to walk along side them, other times we may have to let them walk a different path. All the time we need more strength, awareness and understanding of their challenges, and how those challenges impact our own feelings and actions.

Latest Blog Posts

It’s not about making a point but making a difference

There are many times as a parent when I really want to make a point to my children. As they are growing older they very often want to make a point to me. Sometimes it feels like we’re in a battle t ...
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Summer time and the living was easy….well some of the time!

Thoughts are off summer and back to the daily routine of school and work for next week. As I reflect back on our summer break though I am encouraged in some ways that we have progressed as a family o ...
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The adoption relationship dilemma

This week I was asked to give my opinion on a dilemma discussed on our local radio show BBC WM. Whilst I don’t like to make judgements on other peoples lives I have thought a lot since about this p ...
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Keep calm and…..

Sing…..I’ve sung all my life in different places and it’s one of those things that always makes me feel better. Whether I’m disappointed, downcast or disillusioned with life singing somehow m ...
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The desert island or the hamster wheel?

It’s been a hectic week this week - lots of travelling, speaking and training, meeting new people and catching up with old friends - lots of time away from my children and not much sleep. All in al ...
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