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This section of the website is certainly interlinked with the section I had constructed on the care system, which offers some insight into my childhood. As stated within that particular section contact with my family members was (to some degree) maintained throughout my experiences - although it was not until I reached adulthood that I was able to fully develop familial relationships.

When I look at my family I am in no doubt that a television series/soap could be made and rolled out as prime time viewing!  I am guessing we could all say that! Perhaps the best analogy of the family are the characters from the Channel 4 TV series Shameless - and just like those characters my family are certainly a highly dysfunctional bunch - and I do mean more so than your average family unit.

"And so for the lead up. After leaving my foster parents at sixteen years of age I was placed in what can only be described as a halfway house - a home owned by a single middle aged woman who provided rooms and meals for young people. This was all new to me - living on my own and yet at times I felt quite isolated, and found myself visiting my foster parents frequently. This lasted for approximately twelve months, as I had a college course to complete. During that time however I established contact with my biological mother and would often stay at her home over the weekend. My sister, who was by this time resident at another children's home, would also meet me regularly and the bond we had established during our early childhood was at that time being rebuilt. At the age of seventeen I was also made aware that I had an older brother, and that he was resident in the same town with a partner and two children.  My biological father, who had flitted in and out of my life, again appeared on the scene - and with added complications of two half siblings this was indeed twelve months in which contact with my biological family/extended family  was truly established......

I would add that whilst staying in this 'halfway house' the female homeowner was involved in some for of religious 'sect.' I would often see strange people visit the house and praying/meetings would take place regularly. When I reflect upon that time I am sure that the group had decided to attempt to persuade me to join them, and that they had chosen one particular male to engage me. He would often attempt to converse with me about everyday issues, and when I brought my first motorbike he would often assist when tinkering with it. They seemed quite harmless although I felt an uneasy, almost sinister undertone. To cut a long story short I left this house after completing my college education, and as I was still subject to a care order the social services had to approve my next proposed address - my mothers home. The set up allowed me to reside with my mother, her partner and my younger half sister, whilst at the same time being closer to my brother, sister, father and grandparents.

Half Brother - A Snapshot

Grandmother - A Snapshot

Grandfather - A Snapshot

I have also used this section to look at significant relationships, past and present, as well as friendships and my experiences of being a father to two beautiful, amazing children - afterall these are what help to shape us into who we are. I have so many good and (perhaps not so good) memories, particularly of relationships, and I am thankful that I have been gifted with the greatest thing anyone could ever seek to achieve in life - my own children.....

 

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