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 Monday 13 December 2021.
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).
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.
Adopter Voice is your chance to influence and improve adoption services where you live, regionally and nationally. Adopter Voice is used to share impartial views to improve services and support for adopters.
We encourage adoptive families to use ‘The Adopter Hub’ and we have some log-ins available for families to gain access. This is an online resource for the adoption community which is run by PACT (Parent and Children Together) and is a great resource.
While the prospect of going to back school will be exciting for many pupils, some might feel anxious. That’s perfectly normal. Lots of children will feel the same way.
With permission of a local Adopt South West adopter (Mummy), we share her daughter Kayley’s story. Kayley has extensive adoption-related issues such as attachment and trauma difficulties. The people she comes into contact with struggle to deal with her behaviour because they don’t understand her.