Resources for adopters
Summer holiday special!
Education and school
Summer holiday special!
How do you manage summer holidays with your children? Here's a few useful resources we've found - and please share your tips and tricks on the forum.
Successful school holidays from AdoptionUK
Managing change - transitioning into school holidays from Family Futures
10 things to pack for holidays from Hannah Meadows
Surviving summer with adopted kids from Creating a Family
10 tips for surviving the summer holidays from Foster for Coventry
Adopter and mum-of-two Karen shares of her tips for managing issues faced by adoptive families in the summer holidays
Help with transitioning back to school in September
View our School Transitions webinar with Dr Georgina Hibbert
EHC Needs Assessments explained on the IPSEA website explains what an EHCP (Education Health Care Plan) is. It gives a clear idea of the process involved in applying for one, as well as how to appeal the outcome of one.
Child Law Advice website explores the law around provision of education for children with special educational needs. It also gives a good overview of an ECHP.
Gov.uk Pupil premium: funding and accountability for schools explains what Pupil Premium is and who is eligible for it.
Gov.Uk Pupil premium: Conditions of grantexplains how schools should spend pupil premium and how they are held to account and how much it actually is.
We Are Family is an adoption support community which runs a number of support groups across London.
Parents often tell us that they don’t know what to look for when choosing a school. In consultation with experienced adoptive parents, we’ve identified some key questions to consider.
Watch the School Transitions webinar with Dr Georgina Hibbert.
More schools research and resources
Hopefully not many people will find themselves in a situation where their child is detained or arrested, but in the rare cases this does happen we have some resources submitted from an adopter who has been through this herself. She says this:
"From personal experience when our 11 year old was arrested it was devastating and we had no idea what we should be doing. I was with him throughout and went with him in the van. I was allowed my phone in the police station and could use it so I could have googled and accessed any information but you don't know where to start. The following links are ones that I personally found easy to understand whilst in a state of panic."
NI Direct if your child is arrested (Northern Ireland)
One of our adopters asked on one-to-one webchat, "Do any of yours sleepwalk? Do you know if what they say when sleepwalking is true or just part of a dream?" Another adopter said: "We see sleepwalking and our eldest shouts and sounds distressed whilst asleep. We do wonder if sleep brings out early childhood traumas and we are currently investigating help for her." Our peer support adopter volunteer replied: "All I know is you should never wake someone when they sleepwalk. Just gently guide them back to their bedroom."
Got any experience or advice for other adopters? Join the discussion in the forum.
To help with this particular issue we've gathered some links which might help. It's difficult to find anything specific to adopted children but there are a few good reads.
Karen Willbridge, PACT's Adopter Champion Team Leader, gave this advice: "My eldest used to sleep walk for years when younger. I had a specialist sleep nurse working with us and she said to just let her – never wake her up and just talk/reassure her and gently guide back to bed."
Child sleepwalking information
Some (longer) reads specific to adopted children