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Parenting, Identity & Race – Brad’s Blog 04/09/2015

Friday 04th September

Hi, my name is Brad.

I am a consultant for Compass, I may have met one or two of you at our Mix-d: Training sessions or conferences. If I have not met you before, I’d like to introduce myself and say ‘hello’.

Over the coming months I will be writing a blog about two key experiences of life which have brought me great pleasure and, sometimes, great confusion.

Firstly, parenting and building a connection – why and how I became a step-parent and the joys of being a granddad.

Secondly, identity and race – my personal experience of being mixed-race and a consultant for Compass. This position has helped me better understand some of the complex issues involved in talking about race, and many of the questions around raising a child who shares a different racial identity to yourself.

The blogs will vary in length and complexity. From time to time, I may refer to something I have discussed in a workshop, share a borrowed thought, piece of writing, or even have an answer to a question.

And sometimes you may disagree.

The first few blogs will give you some basic background to my work and ‘why’ I do what I do. From there, we can begin to focus-in on topics such as building connection, race and identity. Whatever the topic or situation, I would like to create an open discussion space to talk about some of the things which make us nervous and suggest some skills we can use to support ourselves.

Look forward to talking some more.
Brad


Day in the life of a female foster carer – 3rd August

Background
My name is Tabatha and I have been a foster carer for 6 years.

The young people I have been privileged to meet have often been hugely affected by their life experiences and just want to feel safe. It is fascinating to see what they develop into when you assist them to find their voice! The results may not always be what you like, as they normally need to work through a lot of anger.
Since working for the Compass Group, I have provided a long term home for two sets of siblings, have offered respite for various young people and have supported two young people who were not in main stream schooling to return.

We are proud to be foster carers!
 
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Day in the life of a female foster carer 20th July

Background
My name is Tabatha and I have been a foster carer for 6 years.

The young people I have been privileged to meet have often been hugely affected by their life experiences and just want to feel safe. It is fascinating to see what they develop into when you assist them to find their voice! The results may not always be what you like, as they normally need to work through a lot of anger.
Since working for the Compass Group, I have provided a long term home for two sets of siblings, have offered respite for various young people and have supported two young people who were not in main stream schooling to return.

We are proud to be foster carers!
 
Continue reading


Day in the life of a female foster carer 13th July

Background
My name is Tabatha and I have been a foster carer for 6 years.

The young people I have been privileged to meet have often been hugely affected by their life experiences and just want to feel safe. It is fascinating to see what they develop into when you assist them to find their voice! The results may not always be what you like, as they normally need to work through a lot of anger.
Since working for the Compass Group, I have provided a long term home for two sets of siblings, have offered respite for various young people and have supported two young people who were not in main stream schooling to return.

We are proud to be foster carers!
 
Continue reading


Day in the life of a female foster carer 6th July

Background
My name is Tabatha and I have been a foster carer for 6 years.

The young people I have been privileged to meet have often been hugely affected by their life experiences and just want to feel safe. It is fascinating to see what they develop into when you assist them to find their voice! The results may not always be what you like, as they normally need to work through a lot of anger.
Since working for the Compass Group, I have provided a long term home for two sets of siblings, have offered respite for various young people and have supported two young people who were not in main stream schooling to return.

We are proud to be foster carers!
 
Continue reading


Week in the life of a male foster carer 19th June – 25th June

Background

T has been with us for about 6 months. He is 10 years old and is diagnosed with ASD though it seems quite mild. Some of his symptoms that are attributed to ASD could also be just down to the fact that T is a 10 year old boy. In general he is a very happy lad but one who has moments of anxiety and has some problems dealing with his emotions. Because of his condition he does get fixated on things so he has a strong passion for cars and certain movies and TV programmes and at the moment he has a sometimes unhealthy obsession with Loom Bands (tiny little elastic bands that the kids make into bracelets).

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Week in the life of a male foster carer 5th June – 11th June

Background

T has been with us for about 6 months. He is 10 years old and is diagnosed with ASD though it seems quite mild. Some of his symptoms that are attributed to ASD could also be just down to the fact that T is a 10 year old boy. In general he is a very happy lad but one who has moments of anxiety and has some problems dealing with his emotions. Because of his condition he does get fixated on things so he has a strong passion for cars and certain movies and TV programmes and at the moment he has a sometimes unhealthy obsession with Loom Bands (tiny little elastic bands that the kids make into bracelets).

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Week in the life of a male foster carer 30th May – 05th June

Background

T has been with us for about 6 months. He is 10 years old and is diagnosed with ASD though it seems quite mild. Some of his symptoms that are attributed to ASD could also be just down to the fact that T is a 10 year old boy. In general he is a very happy lad but one who has moments of anxiety and has some problems dealing with his emotions. Because of his condition he does get fixated on things so he has a strong passion for cars and certain movies and TV programmes and at the moment he has a sometimes unhealthy obsession with Loom Bands (tiny little elastic bands that the kids make into bracelets).

Continue reading