FASD Friends South West

Undiagnosed, diagnosed or not sure what Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is?
The group offers you confidentiality, a safe space to talk and a friendly ear to listen…

Coronavirus advice and links

Coronavirus is still with us. Here we link to the national government advice and local authority websites, information about PPE for unpaid carers, and NHS helplines.

Contacting us over the Christmas period

Refer to our offices opening hours over the Christmas and New Year period.

A letter from ‘Father Christmas’

We have permission to share a letter from local adoptive parents (from Father Christmas), to their daughter, who firmly believes she is on the naughty list: Dear A, I wanted

Ready to adopt? New checker launched

Use our ‘Ready to adopt?’ checker to learn more about who can adopt and when the time might be right for you.

Letterbox service – December 2021 update

The exchange of letters is now running as normal and our telephone line will be returning to five days per week from Monday 6 December 2021. In order to guarantee delivery over Christmas, letters need to be received by Thursday 16 December 2021.

Let’s talk about adoption

A new survey has revealed that a third of people in the South West find adoption difficult to talk about and 80 per cent say they don’t have a good understanding of how to start the process.  It’s worrying news for our local adoption agencies, Adopt South West and Families for Children, who need to find forever families to change their lives of nearly 60 children in the South West, as they prepare to mark National Adoption Week 2021 (18 – 24 October).  

We need families for brothers and sisters who need to stay together

Just under half of children waiting for adoption are in family groups of two or more with 20 groups waiting in Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay. Latest figures show there are currently 2,020 children waiting to be adopted in England and, of those, 44% are in family groups of two or more.