Children and young people using social media is a growing worry for parents and this is especially so for adoptive parents and foster carers. Here one mother shares her family's experience…..
‘Be honest,’ said Tom*, my sixteen-year-old son, as he was unpacking the shopping. ‘If you were me would you want to meet your birth father?’
‘Well, of course,’ I said. We’d had this conversation a few times and, unlike his younger brother, Jake*, Tom had always shown a real interest in connecting with his father, Michael*. We’d always said when he was 16 we’d help him make contact.
‘But it’s important we do it properly,’ I said, and suggested we wait until things had settled a little. The past few months had been difficult: he’d left school after GCSEs, had decided that two weeks of college was all he could take, and his days now consisted of watching A Place in the Sun and intermittently applying for apprenticeships. So far he hadn’t had much luck...