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Parenting a disabled child is lonely – so I built an app to help us find each other

Finding people in similar situations nearby and the services you need is a challenge for families like mine

It was 10 June 2015. The sun was shining, the birds were singing, and Maisie, our cherished baby, was making her way into the world. At 7.14pm, Maisie made her appearance. A mop of thick black hair, a cute button nose and chubby little fingers that curled lovingly around my hand.

This is it, I thought. I’m head over heels in love.

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Pandemic or no pandemic, young people should not ‘age out’ of care

Care leavers are vulnerable to exploitation and destitution. They deserve protection after the threat of the virus has receded

My daughter has just left home. Well, she has, and she hasn’t: despite the mountain of stuff she took with her to university, her room is still full. And despite her much-anticipated independence, she still phones or texts several times a day. I forward her mail, answer her culinary questions, sympathise at 2am when there’s a loud party keeping her awake and grant access to the bank of mum and dad. She may not be living under my roof, but I am her safety net emotionally, financially and practically. Perhaps I always will be.

This is what virtually every parent offers and what virtually every child expects. Except for foster children: when they become adults, they leave without the prospect of this ongoing supportive relationship. Those who have already lost out on a chunk of their development – through the trauma of neglect, abuse and relationship breakdown – lose out again at the other end of their childhood as they face the world alone. Care leavers begin adult life doubly disadvantaged, often with nobody to cheer them on.

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Our adult son has a learning disability. How will he cope as coronavirus surges?

Families with vulnerable sons and daughters have been left adrift during the pandemic. We fear what will come next

My younger son, Thomas, turned 40 in June. But the big party to which his many aunts, uncles and cousins had been invited had to be cancelled. Thomas has Down’s syndrome and a severe learning disability and lives in a residential home; until recently, he hadn’t been able to see his family since early March.

His father and I have been able to keep in touch with our son via video calls facilitated by his key worker, and after the first lockdown eased, we were able to see him twice outdoors. His siblings and nephew and nieces saw him too. But now the visits have been put on hold again.

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How to Look Fashionable During the Winter

A lot of people get excited when the fall season arrives. It is their chance for them to wear their favorite clothes. The crisp and cool autumn air provides people with a lot of fashion options. 

Unfortunately, once fall is over, the winter season arrives. Multiple layers become necessary when this happens. People immediately start to run out of outfits.

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Winter can be a bit frustrating due to its cold temperatures. However, simply because it is freezing outside does not mean you’ve got to give up on your looks. 

Keep in mind that you can still look fashionable if you’re creative. Layers are important when it comes to winter clothing. Because of this, you shouldn’t get rid of your trendy jackets for ugly coats, unless it is needed. 

So, how to look fashionable during the winter season? Here are some tips:

Use Belts to Improve Your Coats

During the winter season, it is quite unavoidable that you are going to start to feel tired when it comes to wearing your boring winter coat every day. 

So, if you want to improve your coats, all you’ve got to do is to belt them. Aside from defining your silhouette, you can also make it appear like you’ve got a new coat if you cinch your waist.

Choose the Right Jacket for Winter

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This is perhaps one of the most crucial things to have during the cold months. Make sure you’ve got an excellent warm jacket. Unfortunately, these jackets are shapeless, bulky, and oversized most of the time. 

So, how can you achieve a cute and stylish look with a jacket? First of all, make sure you have a Fangyuan parka jacket. These jackets look great no matter what the weather is. 

Another tip you can follow is the one mentioned above. Try to belt your winter jacket. It does not matter if it is a fluffy or a down jacket. You can make it more interesting by belting it. 

Thus, experiment with belts and jackets to make yourself fashionable.

Wear Fashionable Boots

If you really want to be fashionable during winter, try to have a good pair of boots. One of the best boots you can use is the over-the-knee ones. 

You can pair your boots with patterned tights and a short dress. On the other hand, you should wear chunky knit and cuffed jeans if you’ve got ankle boots. 

Though you require a couple of practical pairs during winter, you’ve got to ensure you have at least one fashionable pair of boots.

Protect Your Shoes

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Winters are extremely cold. Aside from that, there is also a lot of snow and rain. That is why investing in rain or snow boots is necessary if you’ve got to walk outside a lot. 

However, you can also wear shoes if you don’t like wearing boots. All you’ve got to do is to protect them using a water repellent. 

One great choice is flat over-the-knee boots. This is particularly useful if you have to walk outside on a snowy day a lot of times. Since these boots are higher, they offer an additional layer for warmth. 

In addition to that, over-the-knee boots also make you look like you’re putting a lot of effort into fashion. While these boots don’t have heels, they will still provide a polished look. 

Know How to Layer

There’s a reason why layering is extremely popular during the cold months. It is a very practical way to dress whenever it is snowing outside. 

You should not be scared to wear layers of clothing. Some people even wear face masks. In addition to that, you should not worry about them affecting how you look. 

All you’ve got to do is to look for items that you can discreetly layer under fashionable pieces. This will allow you to look cute while still staying warm. 

A couple of individuals recommend purchasing a lightweight or ultra-thin vest or puffer. Then, you can pair this vest under jackets or over sweaters for an additional layer of warmth. 

Understand Your Thermal Basics

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If you like to look warm and stylish, the fastest method to achieve it is to purchase a pair of thermal or wool tights that you can wear under your pants or jeans. 

With this, you can wear anything you like without worrying about the cold temperature. This tip might appear obvious. However, a lot of individuals do not do it.

That is why you should try to buy some excellent thermal basics if you don’t have one.

Wear Scarves

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Nothing can go wrong with wearing a scarf during winter. This is particularly true if you are not sure your outfit is warm enough. Don’t forget to bring hand sanitizer to make sure you avoid winter diseases. 

You can wear a scarf as an accessory and a layering piece. Thus, make sure you pick one that is fashionable as well. 

Cover Your Head

Whenever winter arrives, your first thought might be to buy a luxurious coat or a pair of boots. However, there is one thing you have to consider as well – your hat. 

Wearing a hat is one of the best things you can do during winter. Unfortunately, it is also the first thing that people will notice about you. That is why you’ve got to choose hats that are fashionable as well. 

One of the popular hats during winter is a bucket hat. However, if you want to go for a classic look, you should consider wearing a classic beanie. 

Conclusion

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Just because it is winter does not mean you can’t be fashionable. People think that they’ve got to wear bulky and ugly outfits during winter. However, that should not be the case.

If you follow the tips above, you can stay warm during winter while still looking cute and trendy. You can still look fashionable without sacrificing your comfort.

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We fell in love with our adopted daughter – but didn’t ask key questions about support

The adoption support fund is a lifeline for parents like us. At a time of political turmoil, it must not be overlooked

It was the question that brought serious, life-altering consequences for our family. The social worker sipping coffee in our lounge leaned forward and casually asked us whether we could consider adopting this little girl.

Adoption was not on our radar. We had three children by birth and our journey as foster carers had only just begun. Our first foster placement – the baby crawling between us – was healthy and beautiful and, as far as I understood, about to be wrenched away to be adopted. But the social worker wanted what was best for this child, who had already suffered enough early childhood trauma without an additional move to another family