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

Cheerful perseverance

Our theme this week is ‘cheerful perseverance’ and I can’t say I have much cheerfulness in my persevering at the moment. Being a parent of three near teenagers (11, 12 and 14) would try anyones ...
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Looking forward to 2015

I don’t think I’ve ever repeated a blog before but I was looking back on my New Year blog for the beginning of 2014 and I thought it’s so good I’ll repeat it just to make sure people have rea ...
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More tea vicar?

  I heard a quote a few weeks ago which was “beware of worshipping the tea pot and not drinking the tea”. It made me think of the shine of new things, the illusion of something that invariably m ...
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The child others don’t see

There are many children who show extremely challenging behaviours - whether at school, in youth activities with other children or at home. They may be the ones in fights, or verbally abusing the teac ...
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A smooth sea never a skilled sailor made

We are always told that failure and adversity makes us stronger. That we learn through trial and error. That you can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs. Enough of the cliches….this we ...
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