Tummy mummy: an easy term instead of birth mother that young kids understand
Forever family: a child’s adoptive family are known as their forever family to acknowledge the permanent bond between them
Life story work: a story book with, where possible, photographs of each child’s journey from birth through foster care to their adoptive families so they understand where they have come from
Placement breakdown: when a foster placement is not working and the child is taken back into the system and placed in another foster home
Letter box: social services facility for children to swap letters with members of their birth families without disclosing addresses.
First printed in We Are Family magazine, issue 1, Spring 2013.
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