Odette Elliott

10/03/2014

Jah settles in. “He ain’t heavy. He’s my brother”.

So now, after about eight months of waiting, Jah had come to live in our family.  He was considered as a foster child, with a view […]
24/02/2014

A new beginning. Jah joins us in our Leicester home

Our first day out alone with Jah had gone fairly well, but reality was drawing near.  He was very soon going to be our responsibility. We […]
17/02/2014

Our first day out alone with Jah.

We were camping in the garden of Jah’s short-term foster parents, so that we could get to know each other better before he moved in to […]
10/02/2014

“Getting to know you” – before Jah moves in.

So far Jah had made one visit to our house and met all the family.  The next time he would be moving in as the little […]
23/01/2014

‘Little brother’ visits our home – a preliminary visit. Sam asks “Do you like peas?”

  Sam chatted happily to Jah in the back seat as D. drove them home.  Jah was making his first visit to our home.  If all […]
20/01/2014

Preparing for the visit by Jah and his foster family. Necessary steps to be taken in adopting an older child.

When I was writing the Memoir a couple of years ago about adopting our children in the 1970s and 1980s, somebody asked me “How would your […]
13/01/2014

Seeing our new ‘little brother’ for the first time. He points “There’s a rock for Jah!”

It was springtime 1980. Once we had agreed to see Jah, the little boy who might come to complete our family, Pat his social worker sprang […]
04/01/2014

Reflections. The family story continued. “We have heard of a little boy who is longing for a ‘forever family’ “.

In September 1979 we were approved as would-be adopters for an older child.  I needed a job that I could do with a child-in-tow, so I […]
19/12/2013

Two moving memoirs about adoption.

 I have been trying to think of some of the best books I have received as Christmas presents in the past. There really are so many.  […]