"There are two gifts we should give our Children,
one is roots, and the other is wings"
Roots of Connection was born from the journey Ruth went on with her youngest children, Lyris and Jorja, through adopting them, the struggles they all went through and re-establishing relationships their extended natural family.
First Family Contact
It is through sharing family stories, reconnecting Lyris and Jorja with their roots, the girls have learned who they are and, as Lyris says; "filled the hole in her heart". These family connections have been the key to healing for everyone.
support others who may be going through their own difficult experience of family separation, encouraging different approaches to the traditional practices within adoption, and promoting the importance of relationships in all social work practice.
Ruth is a single parent with three children, she has worked with children and families for nearly 20 years, her experience includes; Local Authority, Education and Voluntary sectors. Ruth has significant experience in; early life trauma, therapeutic parenting & attachment, child protection, foster care and adoption.
In addition to holding a degree in Applied Social Work Ruth has undergone a range of specialist training including; Non Violent Resistance (NVR), Therapeutic Life Story Work, Relationship Working, Mental Health First Aid and Effective Supervision. Ruth is an experienced adopter whose personal journey influences her work and adds a first hand dimension to her practice. The influence of her children and supportive relationship with their first family is the cornerstone of much of Ruth's work and an example of the importance of relationships and connection in healing from trauma.
Ruth uses her personal experiences of adopting alongside her professional experience, training and skills to deliver bespoke packages of support and training.
Ruth's volunteer roles include running a local support group for adoptive families in Peterborough and as a committee member of a local play charity.
Ruth and Josephine have been interviewed by various networks in regards to their story and approach to adoption, Ruth has also provided opinion pieces to the guardian discussing the topic of child protection.