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By Dan Rowley / 16th October 2019

Pigs and rotas

Alice - Fostering Blog Friday. I am not sure why I thought getting pets for the children was a good...

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By Dan Rowley / 9th October 2019

Lovely language

Emma's Fostering Blog. Dinner September - Charlie is 7 and I’m beginning to establish a good routine and boundaries, but...

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By Dan Rowley / 20th September 2019

Another rejection

Emma’s Fostering Blog. Another rejection I feel like I have failed with Craig. When Craig 14 yrs. came to us...

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By Dan Rowley / 7th August 2019

Fostering Holiday

Emma's Fostering Blog Holiday With the New Year comes the thought about holidays. I always make sure I get a...

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By Dan Rowley / 3rd July 2019

Fostering Blog | Especially For Alice

Alice - Fostering Blog Sunday After all the preparations this week Christmas Eve has finally arrived. We have a few...

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By Dan Rowley / 3rd January 2018

Fostering Blogs | Alices’s Doughnuts

Foster Care Blog Thursday It is always slightly chaotic in the run up to Christmas. This year the children broke...

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By Dan Rowley / 1st November 2017

Fostering Blog | Holidays

Thursday's Fostering Blog We are fast approaching half term. It has been one of those half terms that has felt...

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By Dan Rowley / 1st November 2017

Fostering Blog | Neighbours

Sunday's Fostering Blog There are many times in life when you feel like you are juggling too many balls and...

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By Dan Rowley / 23rd October 2017

Favourites

Thursday's Fostering Blog We are fast approaching half term. It has been one of those half terms that has felt...

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By Dan Rowley / 23rd October 2017

Blog | Fostering a child

Sunday's Fostering Blog There are many times in life when you feel like you are juggling too many balls and...

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By Dan Rowley / 13th October 2017

Fostering Blog | Alices needs

Friday's Fostering Blog Today we had the LAC (Looked After Child) Review for Alice. These are six monthly reviews held...

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By Dan Rowley / 13th October 2017

Fostering Blog | Gentle email

Thursday's Fostering Blog This has turned out to be one of those crazy weeks which seems to be getting out...

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By Dan Rowley / 10th October 2017

Fostering Blog | No children

Saturday's Fostering Blog Here is a piece of advice for you - never take children with you to Ikea if...

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By Dan Rowley / 10th October 2017

Fostering Blog | Keep trying

Monday's Fostering Blog There are some days I just know aren’t going to go so well. I can pick up...

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By Dan Rowley / 2nd October 2017

Fostering Blog | Four teeth

Thursday's Fostering Blog So we are well and truly in to the new school term which means now the new...

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By Dan Rowley / 2nd October 2017

Fostering Blog | Fingers crossed

Tuesday's Fostering Blog Today has been one of those really frustrating days you know those days where you have a...

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By Dan Rowley / 20th September 2017

Fostering Blog | Mandatory training

Friday's Fostering Blog We made it! We made it through the week - and just about it one piece. And...

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By Dan Rowley / 20th September 2017

Fostering Blog | Safeguarding tool

Monday's Fostering Blog So this is the first full week of all three kids being back at school. I do...

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By Dan Rowley / 14th September 2017

Fostering Blog | Jobs to do

Tuesday's Fostering Blog Alice is back at school today, Lauren and Annie have a teacher training day - so I...

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By Dan Rowley / 14th September 2017

Fostering Blog | Back to school

Monday's Fostering Blog The three girls all start back to school this week. Alice our foster daughter is going into...

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By Dan Rowley / 6th September 2017

Fostering Blog | Catheters and nappies

Monday's Fostering Blog We are making most of the bank holiday today. Charlie was working all day yesterday, so we...

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By Dan Rowley / 6th September 2017

Fostering Blog | Rescued

Saturday's Fostering Blog We decided not to bring the big Motability car away this week, after all we didn't need...

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By Dan Rowley / 29th August 2017

Fostering Blog | Alice’s Break

Tuesday's Fostering Blog Although we have now been away for three days I don't think we ever really switch off...

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By Dan Rowley / 29th August 2017

Fostering Blog | Alice’s Break

Saturday's Fostering Blog Fostering a child with additional needs like Alice can sometimes take its toll on family life. We...

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By Dan Rowley / 21st August 2017

Fostering Blog ! Alice’s Contact

Wednesday's Fostering Blog While we were away our post had accumulated. Our cat sitter had kindly put it all in...

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By Dan Rowley / 21st August 2017

Fostering Blog | Ironing

Monday's Fostering Blog After a day at home, the events of last weeks camping seem to fade in our memories....

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By Dan Rowley / 12th August 2017

Fostering Blog | Alice was fuming

Wednesday's Fostering Blog Today has not been a good day. We did not realise when we erected the tent that...

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By Dan Rowley / 12th August 2017

Fostering Blog | Soggy fields

Monday's Fostering Blog Well, I began the week with the sentiment of not really liking camping. After three days of...

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By Dan Rowley / 8th August 2017

Fostering Blog | Alice enjoys camping?

Saturday's Fostering Blog So we are actually off camping today. After checking the weather forecast we decided that we would...

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By Dan Rowley / 8th August 2017

Fostering Blog | Camping

Friday's Fostering Blog Against my better judgement we are going camping this weekend. We are camping for six nights -...

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By Dan Rowley / 28th July 2017

Fostering Blog | Lauren and Alice

Tuesday's Fostering Blog It is the last day of the school year. We have been counting down the number of...

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By Dan Rowley / 28th July 2017

Fostering Blog | Lauren

Monday's Fostering Blog On Monday evening we went to Lauren’s end of year play. We had arranged to get a...

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By Dan Rowley / 24th July 2017

Fostering Blog | Hindsight

Monday's Fostering Blog I have just got back from the Annie’s high school awards ceremony. I had been under very...

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By Dan Rowley / 24th July 2017

Fostering Blog | Our special birthday

Saturday's Fostering Blog On Saturday we planned a barbecue at our house to celebrate mine and Charlie’s birthday. We both...

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By Dan Rowley / 15th July 2017

Transition Day

Friday's Fostering Blog Today is Transition Day! This means that every one at the girls primary school gets to go...

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By Dan Rowley / 15th July 2017

Alice’s violin

Monday's Fostering Blog As we head towards the end of the school term things are starting to get very busy...

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By Dan Rowley / 27th June 2017

Fostering Blog | Annie’s turn

Sunday's Fostering Blog It has been one of those busy weekends where we have definitely felt like a taxi service....

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By Dan Rowley / 27th June 2017

Fostering Blog | Alice’s case

Monday's Fostering Blog After nearly five months of assessments, it was concluded that Alice does not have Autism Spectrum Disorder...

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By Dan Rowley / 19th June 2017

Fostering Blog | Over the moon

Friday's Fostering Blog Despite some of the wet weather we have had this month, we have enjoyed some lovely days...

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By Dan Rowley / 19th June 2017

Fostering Blog | Alice out of school

Wednesday's Fostering Blog There are many appointments which have to take place during the school day. As a rule, wherever...

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By Dan Rowley / 14th June 2017

Fostering Blog | Thoughtfulness of Alice

Wednesday's Fostering Blog There are some days where I am just so pleased that Alice cannot yet tell the time....

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By Dan Rowley / 14th June 2017

Fostering Blog | Alice is safe

Monday's Fostering Blog So the half term holiday is over already and it's back to school today. Our hearts sank...

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By Dan Rowley / 9th June 2017

Fostering Blog | Ups and downs

Tuesday's Fostering Blog Alice has been back from our friends for two days and it is like she has never...

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By Dan Rowley / 9th June 2017

Fostering Blog | Goodbye to Alice

Friday's Fostering Blog So I decided it was not a good idea to hold my breath when waiting for Social...

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By Dan Rowley / 29th May 2017

Fostering Blog | Alice’s schooling

Wednesday's Fostering Blog The SENCo from Alice's school took the decision today to cancel Alice's PEP (a meeting that happens...

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By Dan Rowley / 29th May 2017

Fostering Blog | Alice’s behaviour

Monday's Fostering Blog It is fair to say that we have had a tough few weeks with Alice's behaviour getting...

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By Dan Rowley / 24th May 2017

Fostering Blog | Oh the Irony!

Saturday's Fostering Blog Today we met some friends at Legoland for the day.  We left before 8 o’clock so that...

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By Dan Rowley / 22nd May 2017

Fostering Blog | Bucket list

Saturday's Fostering Blog Today we had a much needed respite break. Alice went to our friends for the day while...

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By Dan Rowley / 22nd May 2017

Fostering Blog | Alice’s hair

Monday's Fostering Blog Going to the hairdressers is always a bit of a drama. Alice loves all the attention she...

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By Dan Rowley / 8th May 2017

Fostering Blog | Childcare for Alice

Thursday's Fostering Blog One issue we have faced many times is getting childcare for Alice. Anyone who looks after her...

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By Dan Rowley / 8th May 2017

Fostering Blog | Alice lost control

Friday's Fostering Blog Fed up with seeing the deluge of Easter eggs and Easter chocolate bunnies etc. we have decided...

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By Dan Rowley / 2nd May 2017

Fostering Blog | Alice’s care

Thursday's Fostering Blog This morning, I have got two meetings with social workers. The first meeting is with my agency...

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By Dan Rowley / 2nd May 2017

Fostering Blog | Mixed feelings

Monday's Fostering Blog I have really mixed feelings about swimming lessons.  On the one hand it is amazing to see...

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By Dan Rowley / 26th April 2017

Fostering Blog | Motorway to Wales

Fridays Fostering Blog Today Alice has gone to the local theme park with the local disabled club. We have organised...

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By Dan Rowley / 26th April 2017

Fostering Blog | Easter holiday

Wednesday's Fostering Blog It seems to have been an Easter holiday of two halves. Last week was full of challenging...

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By Dan Rowley / 20th April 2017

Fostering Blog | Mini meltdowns

Tuesday's Fostering Blog It had been a quiet and fairly uneventful start to the week away. We were staying in...

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By Dan Rowley / 20th April 2017

Fostering Blog | A quiet word

Friday's Fostering Blog The children finish school today for the Easter holidays.  It has been a long term and we...

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By Dan Rowley / 5th April 2017

Fostering Blog | Mother’s Day

Sunday's Fostering Blog It's Mother's Day today! There is always that very small glimpse in the back of your mind...

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By Dan Rowley / 5th April 2017

Fostering Blog | Charlie’s pain

Friday's Fostering Blog After another couple of days in hospital Charlie’s pain was under control and he was discharged.  It...

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By Dan Rowley / 2nd April 2017

Fostering Blog | Charlie’s diagnosis

Tuesday's Fostering Blog I didn't sleep a wink over night.  When I arrived at the hospital in the morning I...

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By Dan Rowley / 2nd April 2017

Fostering Blog | Charlie’s temperature

Sunday's Fostering Blog It started out as quite an ordinary weekend. The usual activities took place throughout the weekend.  Charlie...

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By Dan Rowley / 21st March 2017

Fostering Blog | Alice’s Future

Monday's Foster Carers Blog Today I had a meeting organised with my independent fostering agency to review our current situation....

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By Dan Rowley / 21st March 2017

Fostering Blog | Charlie and I

Saturday's Foster Carers Blog We have just come to the end of an exhausting week.   For the first time, Annie...

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By Dan Rowley / 13th March 2017

Fostering Blog | Alice’s medical

Wednesday's Fostering Blog So this evening we have Alice's Looked After Child Medical. It has been postponed twice already and...

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By Dan Rowley / 13th March 2017

Fostering Blog | Back to school

Monday's Fostering Blog So it’s back to school today. We are relieved to get the routine back for Alice -...

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By Dan Rowley / 7th March 2017

Foster Carer Blog – Tears and the tantrums

Wednesday's Fostering Blog Every so often we have multiple appointments on one day. Fortunately they don't happen very often but...

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By Dan Rowley / 7th March 2017

Fostering Blog – Alice in the future

Sunday's Fostering Blog We have just got back from a weekend in London.  Some time ago, I had booked Alice...

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By Dan Rowley / 28th February 2017

BLOG Sabotaged?

Wednesday's Fostering Blog Alice has gone to a disabled activity day today.  One of the activities she is doing is...

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By Dan Rowley / 28th February 2017

BLOG Difficult for Alice

Monday's Fostering Blog Today is the first day of our half term holiday.  It has felt like it has been...

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By Dan Rowley / 25th February 2017

Blog – Lauren’s world

Saturday's Fostering Blog We went to visit some friends today who we haven't seen since they moved to London 18...

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By Dan Rowley / 25th February 2017

Blog – sick leave

Thursday's Fostering Blog We have been fostering Alice for over four years. A year into fostering we were asked to...

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By Dan Rowley / 13th February 2017

BLOG A new day

Monday's Fostering Blog Today was another one of those mornings I would rather forget.  It is a week until half...

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By Dan Rowley / 13th February 2017

Blog – Before fostering

Saturday's Foster Care Blog Charlie’s brother and sister-in-law came to visit this week.  We don't get to see them very...

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By Dan Rowley / 8th February 2017

BLOG Pot-luck

Saturday's Fostering Blog After what has been a very long week we were all very much looking forward to a...

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By Dan Rowley / 8th February 2017

BLOG – Lunge time

Friday's Fostering Blog It has been one of those weeks that seems to have gone on for ever.  Nothing has...

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By Dan Rowley / 30th January 2017

BLOG – spending a fortune

Saturday's Fostering Blog Today has been a hectic day.  Alice has started going to a Saturday club for disabled children. ...

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By Dan Rowley / 30th January 2017

Blog – i spy

Sunday's Fostering Blog Today we went to visit some friends who have recently moved down to the Cotswolds. It is...

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By Dan Rowley / 25th January 2017

BLOG – disco lights

Sunday's Fostering Blog Today Alice went to an ice-skating party. She does not get invited to many parties. I have...

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By Dan Rowley / 25th January 2017

red rag to a bull blog

Friday's Fostering Blog I am pleased to report that we have had a pretty uneventful week.  Following last weeks birthday...

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By Dan Rowley / 18th January 2017

worth the fight blog

Saturday's Fostering Blog Today is Alice’s birthday. The day did not start too well. Her bowels have not opened for...

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By Dan Rowley / 18th January 2017

We have a plan blog

Wednesday's Fostering Blog After a challenging few days we are relieved that today the children have gone back to school. ...

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By Dan Rowley / 9th January 2017

keeping a straight face Blog

Friday's Foster Care Blog Things have definitely been bubbling under the surface for Alice since she broke up from school...

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By Dan Rowley / 9th January 2017

thank you Blog

Sunday's Foster Care Blog Christmas Day has always been an interesting experience since Alice has been with us. We try...

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By Dan Rowley / 4th January 2017

Blog – Safer car

Friday's Foster Care Blog In the business of this Christmas week - both for family and Charlie’s job - we...

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By Dan Rowley / 4th January 2017

Blog – Biting back

Thursday's Foster Care Blog After a few quiet days at home not feeling 100 per cent, I need to return...

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By Dan Rowley / 29th December 2016

BLOG – World War Three

Friday's Foster Care Blog With Harriet still under the weather, I am grateful that I work mostly from home so...

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By Dan Rowley / 29th December 2016

BLOG – Santa thrown in

Tuesday's Foster Care Blog Harriet has not been well this week. So this is Charlie taking a turn and writing...

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By Dan Rowley / 25th December 2016

BLOG – Christmas festivities

Monday's Foster Care Blog Today marks the start of the last week of school and the beginning of a week...

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By Dan Rowley / 25th December 2016

BLOG – One of those days

Friday's Foster Care Blog To coincide with Charlie finishing two weeks of Jury Service and the end of three days...

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By Dan Rowley / 14th December 2016

BLOG – We were lucky

Wednesday's Foster Care Blog As the temperature is dropping this week, it does not feel like the best time to...

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By Dan Rowley / 14th December 2016

BLOG – The new car

Monday's Fostering Blog We have been driving a hire car for last six weeks while we have been waiting for...

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By Dan Rowley / 7th December 2016

BLOG – No Way

Monday's Fostering Blog Today is the start of two weeks that Charlie will be completing Jury Service at the local...

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By Dan Rowley / 7th December 2016

BLOG – Hilarious stories

Saturday's Fostering Blog Alice was discharged only a few days ago from the Children's Hospital and now I can't help...

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By Dan Rowley / 28th November 2016

BLOG – Normal life

Saturday's Blog It has been an interesting few days since Alice was discharged from the Children’s Hospital. It has felt...

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By Dan Rowley / 28th November 2016

BLOG – Have patience

Thursday's Blog Today is day 8 in hospital with Alice.  Yesterday we were all so excited to be given the...

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By Dan Rowley / 19th November 2016

BLOG – Hospital life

Monday Blog Today marks five days here at the hospital. It feels like she has made little progress. Alice is...

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By Dan Rowley / 19th November 2016

BLOG – Going nowhere

Saturday Blog Alice, having had bladder surgery earlier in the week, has been at the local children’s hospital for three...

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By Dan Rowley / 16th November 2016

such relief

Wednesday Blog So this morning we have travelled in to our local children's hospital for Alice's bladder surgery. This will...

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By Dan Rowley / 16th November 2016

Halloween

Monday Fostering Blog Halloween. It has been advertised in pretty much every shop I have seen over the last two...

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By Dan Rowley / 4th November 2016

home from home

Wednesday's Blog After a few days break we are heading back up the motorway to meet Louise and Alice.  Alice...

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By Dan Rowley / 4th November 2016

It’s amazing

Monday's Blog It’s amazing when you can get away from the hum drum of daily life that routine can so...

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By Dan Rowley / 27th October 2016

Alice loved and supported

Friday Blog Today is a Teacher Training Day for Alice and Lauren. Unfortunately schools do not co-ordinate in our area...

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By Dan Rowley / 27th October 2016

Car is stolen

Tuesday Blog This week we have mostly been trying to sort out all the many issues that arise when your...

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By Dan Rowley / 21st October 2016

devastating news

Thursday Fostering Blog Today was definitely not a day we were expecting. And this time it was nothing to do...

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By Dan Rowley / 21st October 2016

Alice arrived

Monday 17th October Blog While at a fostering conference recently I came across a company called Madlug (https://madlug.com). It is...

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By Dan Rowley / 10th October 2016

Formal testing

Tuesday 4th October Blog Today we had Alice’s first PEP (Pupil Education Plan) meeting in her new school. Every looked...

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By Dan Rowley / 10th October 2016

Champion fostering

Saturday 3rd October Blog On Saturday I took Alice to the Home For Good Summit held in Oxford. Home For...

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By Dan Rowley / 4th October 2016

Blog – A lady called Sue

Friday 23rd Sept I have recently become friends with a lady called Sue. We met at a local support group...

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By Dan Rowley / 4th October 2016

Blog – Respect and admiration

Monday 19th Sept Well that is a weekend I would like to forget. Alice has been in meltdown for most...

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By Dan Rowley / 20th September 2016

It’s Annie’s birthday

17th September Fostering Blog Shocking news - we woke up today with a teenager in the house. It’s Annie’s birthday...

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By Dan Rowley / 20th September 2016

School at last

14th September Fostering Blog Alice finally started her new school last week. Although we moved in May and her school...

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By Dan Rowley / 15th September 2016

We walked away

10th September Blog Today was one of those days I wish I could erase from the calendar. It started off...

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By Dan Rowley / 15th September 2016

Kittens and flea treatment

5th September Blog While my friend Susie and her daughter Abi from America have been staying we have had Lauren...

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By Dan Rowley / 3rd September 2016

a plate full

Wednesday 24th August After a long night in the hotel room, we met our friends in the restaurant for breakfast....

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By Dan Rowley / 3rd September 2016

Charlie and I

Tuesday 23rd August When Charlie turned 40 at the beginning of the summer all he wanted to do to celebrate...

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By Dan Rowley / 25th August 2016

One small problem

August 2016 Today we have to get Annie over to the other side of the city to where we used...

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By Dan Rowley / 25th August 2016

A huge dilemma

August Well this week saw the return of a familiar friend of ours - tonsillitis.  Lauren had come back from...

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By Dan Rowley / 17th August 2016

Meerkats and red pandas

Tuesday 9th August After a week of fairly low key activities we have been saving the best day out until...

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By Dan Rowley / 17th August 2016

A lazy few days

Sunday 7th August As finances have been a little tight over the last two years while Charlie has been studying...

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By Dan Rowley / 7th August 2016

A wet and muddy wheelchair

26th July One of the (few) good things about camping is our awesome tent. When we started fostering, we had...

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By Dan Rowley / 7th August 2016

Now the holiday can begin

23rd July At last - the summer holidays are here! And today….we are going camping! Camping does not come naturally...

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By Dan Rowley / 7th August 2016

Experts do not know better

14th July 2016 Today we all woke up super early. Whilst Annie has been leaving the house to walk to...

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By Dan Rowley / 7th August 2016

I am so relieved

11th July 2016 So after what seems like an eternity of a weekend, the result day of Lauren’s appeal is...

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By Dan Rowley / 26th July 2016

The Appeal Panel

Friday 8th July Blog So this is the week of meetings! This afternoon Charlie and I head to the local...

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By Dan Rowley / 26th July 2016

A start date for Alice

Wednesday 6th July Blog So today we have our first TAC (Team around the Child) meeting for Alice.  The Inclusion...

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By Dan Rowley / 18th June 2016

animal rescue centre

26/06/2016 The Kittens The girls have wanted to get cats for a long time. Over the years we have borrowed...

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By Dan Rowley / 18th June 2016

out of education!

20th June Homeschool I am sure that for most people who home-school it has been a choice.  Either a life...

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By Dan Rowley / 9th June 2016

start exploring

Friday 20th May 2016 House Move Day 2 So today we actually move. The removal company arrive and make a...

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By Dan Rowley / 9th June 2016

the empty house

Thursday 19th May 2016 House Move - Day 1 So finally the day of the big move came.  I had...

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By Dan Rowley / 23rd May 2016

I take a deep breath

Friday 13th May We have been treating Alice for a stubborn UTI for a couple of months now.  This week...

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By Dan Rowley / 23rd May 2016

So here’s the thing

Monday 9th May Oh the exciting life I lead!  I have been waiting for a warm and dry day for...

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By Dan Rowley / 2nd May 2016

Alice will forgive me

Thursday 28th April It has definitely been ‘one of those days’! When we move Lauren and Annie are going to...

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By Dan Rowley / 2nd May 2016

Two teeth out

Wednesday 27th April Our two eldest daughters, Annie and Lauren, couldn’t be more different. Lauren loves to hug, and has...

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By Dan Rowley / 2nd May 2016

So today is D-Day

Thursday 14th April So today is D-Day. The Local Education Authority in the area we are moving to, are meeting...

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By Dan Rowley / 2nd May 2016

Swallow your pride

Wednesday 13th April In preparation for moving we have to get our own house and garden ready for renting out....

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By Dan Rowley / 19th April 2016

Painting expeditions

Thursday 7th April This week, while Charlie has been at home, I have driven over a couple of times to...

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By Dan Rowley / 19th April 2016

Easter eggs

Tuesday 5th April There are some weeks when all medical appointments for Alice seem to come together! Today we have...

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By Dan Rowley / 10th April 2016

She was over the moon!

31st March 2016 BLOG After a couple of days in the kids group on holiday, the inevitable has happened -...

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By Dan Rowley / 10th April 2016

We need more Sophie

28th March 2016 BLOG We are going on holiday with friends for a few days.  They also have similar aged...

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By Dan Rowley / 3rd April 2016

A sobering thought

Thursday 24th March If you have a weak stomach or get queazy easily, best to look away now!! Last night...

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By Dan Rowley / 3rd April 2016

Smile with pride

Tuesday 22nd March I have just worked out that between the three girls I have just been to the tenth...

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By Dan Rowley / 24th March 2016

know when to walk away

Friday 18th March

We have been to visit Lauren’s godparents for the weekend. It is so lovely visiting old friends who we have known for years. We knew them before we all had children, and we have remained friends even though we don't live in the same area any more.

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By Dan Rowley / 24th March 2016

level of her need

There are some days you wish you could erase from the calendar - today is one of those days. We have been waiting to hear from the Local Education Authority (LEA) since Monday for the outcome of the school application we made for Alice for a Special School.

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By Dan Rowley / 24th March 2016

Looking after my feet

Wednesday 9th February As well as juggling family life and fostering duties, we have power of attorney for my elderly...

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By Dan Rowley / 24th March 2016

When to walk away

Sunday 20th February We have been to visit Lauren’s godparents for the weekend.  It is so lovely visiting old friends...

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By Dan Rowley / 9th March 2016

I’ll put it on my list

Friday 4th March Today I realised that my eldest daughter Annie has learned far more from me than I realised. ...

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By Dan Rowley / 9th March 2016

Opportunity Knocks!

Tuesday 1st March Opportunity knocks, often at the most unlikely of times, and in the strangest of ways! Charlie got...

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By Dan Rowley / 1st March 2016

Unicorns on the ceiling!

Saturday 27th February In the summer we are moving house.  It is an exciting move for us all.  We are...

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By Dan Rowley / 1st March 2016

A dress for myself

Friday 26th February I love Fridays! Firstly we are almost at the weekend, and secondly it is ‘my day’.  I...

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By Dan Rowley / 28th February 2016

Respite has worked

Saturday 20th February We’ve learnt the value of taking advantage of respite care for Alice. At first we were resistant,...

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By Dan Rowley / 28th February 2016

Half term can really begin

Monday 15th February Today is the first day of the half term holidays. This can only mean one thing -...

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By Dan Rowley / 22nd February 2016

A bright future ahead

The Future is bright - the future is….different? Maybe you remember the classic Orange phone-network advert, trying to convince us...

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By Dan Rowley / 22nd February 2016

Mundane Monday mornings

Hurrah for mundane, boring Mondays!  Maybe you agree with the Boomtown Rats when they sang “I don’t like Mondays”.  They...

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By Dan Rowley / 31st January 2016

I am so glad that I was at home

So it started off as a ‘normal’ school day. So it started off as a ‘normal’ school day. Rushing around...

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By Dan Rowley / 31st January 2016

Laughing is such a tonic

Life often feels like a rollercoaster. After the lows, the highs often follow!  We have been reminded over the last...

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By Dan Rowley / 29th January 2016

It’s good to talk

As the old BT adverts used to say “It’s good to talk”.  I’m not sure spending the entire day on...

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By Dan Rowley / 25th January 2016

It all started so well

Thursday 14th January Today has been one of those days when I wish I could go back to bed and...

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By Dan Rowley / 25th January 2016

An apology up front

Children like Alice Monday 11 January 2016 An apology up front - this blog is going to be jargon-heavy!  Children...

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By Dan Rowley / 25th January 2016

ALTO Family Blog

Alice is prone to melodrama When I grew up, I spent a lot of time around my grandparents, and loved...

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By Dan Rowley / 13th January 2016

Count down

Thursday 7th January Birthday Girl Today its Alice's Birthday.  We have been counting down the number of sleeps since Christmas. ...

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By Dan Rowley / 13th January 2016

Happy New Year

Monday 4th January 2016 Fishing bait Today I felt like Alice had gone fishing.  She cast her line, laden with...

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By Dan Rowley / 4th January 2016

Christmas Day!

Christmas Day is here! Sometimes you long for a nice quiet Christmas at home. Sometimes you have no choice in...

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By Dan Rowley / 30th December 2015

First Day of Christmas Holidays

First day of the Christmas holidays begins with Alice having contact with her parents. This is always a difficult day...

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By Dan Rowley / 12th December 2015

On a day like this one

Not quite the weekend we had planned! Our eldest daughter Annie woke up Saturday with tonsils the size of golf...

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By Dan Rowley / 12th December 2015

Tomorrow is a new day

We have been here many times before Had quite a hilarious walk up to school with my neighbour this morning...

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By Dan Rowley / 12th December 2015

I get to be a proud mum

Today I get to be a proud mum. It’s Christmas performance time at school! First it’s Alice at the Infant...

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