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My adoption journey began in 2004. My two gorgeous girls came to live with us in 2007 when they were 5 1/2 and almost 4 years old. I thought I was going to take 6 months to a year off work, as adoption leave, to help them settle into our family. However, it soon became clear that they needed much more than we first expected.
Prior to this, I had spent many years working in administration and management in a variety of corporate industries around the UK although I had to leave for a while to attend to the needs of the girls.
I had a very steep learning curve where I learned a lot about attachment and trauma and how early life experiences can shape your future and affect the way you function and behave in life. I advocate strongly for my children and believe it is absolutely necessary to learn therapeutic parenting and to recognise that these children need a very type of parenting approach. I’ve got used to the funny looks, the disapproving comments and carry on anyway!
Now, we are still learning, exploring and trying to continue therapeutically, whilst balancing everyday life and whatever challenges are thrown in.