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  1. Adoption and fostering - 'We adopted after IVF'

    "When my wife and I discovered that we would struggle to have our own children, adoption was always on the table. We tried IVF first, simply because in our area we had one free attempt. "We started IVF in September 2009. The experience was incredibly difficult for both of us, but probably more so fo

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  2. Adoption and fostering - After adoption: what help can we get?

    Some needs may not become apparent until later, perhaps during adolescence, so it's important that you know where to go should you need support at any time. Adoptive families have a legal right, as and when they request it, to a Statutory Assessment of Support Needs from the local authority that is

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  3. Adoption and fostering - Your adopted child's health needs

    When a possible match is suggested with you and a child, this is often an exciting time. It is important that you find out as much as possible about the child's health history and needs, so that if you decide to go ahead with the match, you will be as well informed as possible. Having realistic expe

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  4. 9 mistakes parents make with toddlers

    Children don't come with owner's manuals. Alas. Toddlers - full of energy and eager to test your limits as well as their legs - can be particularly tricky to parent. Here are nine parenting mistakes every mum and dad of a toddler should avoid: You know how it is: a parent says no and a tantrum ensue

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  5. Sex and young people - When sex goes wrong

    Unprotected sex is any sex without contraception or a condom. You may have forgotten to use contraception, or it may not have worked. Sometimes a condom might split or slip off during sex. This still counts as unprotected sex, and you're at risk of STIs and pregnancy. Always hold on to the base of t

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  6. Sex and young people - Will they tell my parents?

    If you're 14 to 16 and want contraception, an abortion or tests for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), the doctor, nurse or pharmacist won't tell your parents (or carer) as long as they believe that you fully understand the information you're given, and your decisions. They'll encourage you to 

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  7. Your child's health 6-15 - Get healthy as a family

    Use these 10 tips to help the whole family embrace a healthier lifestyle: 1. - studies show that families who have regular meals at the table with no distractions (such as television) are more likely to be a healthy weight.2.  - such as walking the dog, washing the car, mowing the lawn, a trip to th

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  8. Your child's health 6-15 - How to involve your child in being healthy

    As a general rule, children should aim to include in their daily diet: at least five portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables (5 A DAY) meals based on starchy foods, such as potatoes, bread, pasta and rice (choose wholegrain varieties when possible) some milk and dairy products (choose low-fat

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  9. Your child's health 6-15 - Healthy weight children: advice for parents

    Research shows that children who stay a healthy weight tend to be fitter, healthier, better able to learn, and more self-confident. They're also much less likely to have health problems in later life. Children whose parents encourage them to be active and eat well are more likely to stay a healthy w

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  10. Your child's health 6-15 - Overweight children: advice for parents

    As a parent, it can sometimes be difficult to tell that your child is overweight. A child may not look particularly heavy to be overweight. And, because more children are becoming heavier at a younger age, we've become used to seeing bigger children. There's a lot you can now do to help your child r

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