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- Education Project Wales 2016
- Partnership with After Adoption
- Dedicated helpline
- Support Network
- School Booklet
- Policy and Campaigning
Contact the Team in Wales
Ann Bell – Director (see video below)
Helen Griffiths – Helpline, Training and Office Coordinator
Philippa Williams – Early Intervention and Support Manager
Penny Jeffreys – Peer Network Coordinator.
Judith Evans and Sara Elliot– Helpline volunteers
And a whole host of other volunteers who help us by running support groups and sitting on our advisory group in Wales.
Wales has established a National Adoption Service which is a network of statutory and voluntary services with a small national team, 5 regional adoption services and teams working with children who need adoption in each of the local authorities: www.adoptcymru.com/en/about-nas
In Wales, Adoption UK and After Adoption have formed the Wales Adoption Support Partnership to support all those who are touched by adoption. Both organisations run from a joint office in Grangetown, Cardiff.
Between them Adoption UK and After Adoption have extensive experience over decades of providing support to all those who deal with the difference adoption brings to their lives. In 2016 Welsh Government announced that it would provide funding for a partnership between the two organisations so that our work in Wales can continue and grow. The grant allows us to establish the foundation for a pan Wales Post Adoption Service offer. This will involve developing services suitable for commissioning.
In the first instance we provide the following services for adoptive families and prospective adopters:
A new joint helpline has been set up in Wales which for the first time will offer support to all parties affected by adoption from across the nation. Find out more.
Wales Adoption Support Helpline: 029 2023 0319
10am to 2.30pm, Monday to Friday
A service for everyone affected by adoption.
Calls will be charged at standard network rates.
We are extending our network of peer support groups for adopters and we are developing new methods of delivery so that all families can access peer support if they wish.
Support groups currently meet in the following areas:
- Cardiff (4 groups in total including one for single adopters, one for adoptive dads, one in the evening and one for adopters with young children in the morning)
- Vale of Glamorgan (evening)
- Llandrindod Wells (evening)
- Blackwood(Caerphilly) (morning)
- North Wales – A new group is being established jointly with St.David’s Children’s society.
The network of support groups is constantly growing. If you would like to help us set up a new group in your area or to find out when meetings are held and if there is a group near you, ring the helpline.
We run a range of popular training workshops, conferences and seminars across the year.
Telling About Adoption – Merthyr UPDATE: Unfortunately this event has had to be postponed until later in the year. Exact date to be confirmed and more information to follow. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
Adoption UK's acclaimed six-day training programme 'Parenting our Children' also runs at least once a year. The next one will be in South West Wales in Autumn of 2016.
Inset training is available for schools.
This new booklet for schools has been funded by Welsh Government and is available to download in Welsh or English
Click the above link to download the booklet and why not print a copy out and take it in to your child’s school this term?
Adoption UK is working closely with Welsh Government and the National Adoption Service to raise the educational attainment of children who were previously looked after and are now adopted.
We would like to find out from you what you have found to be helpful and what you feel it would be useful for other adopters who are starting on their journey to know.
For more information and to take part in a short survey Click Here
We rely on volunteers to help us deliver our work in Wales. If you would be interested in becoming a volunteer please contact email@example.com
We are currently looking for volunteers to answer the helpline, run support groups, help out in the office and deliver training sessions.
We represent the views of adoptive parents in Wales on the Advisory Board of the National Adoption Service.
- Adoption waiting times in Wales halved since national agency set up
Adoption UK welcomes the news that adoption waiting times in Wales have halved but warns that more still needs to be done to improve mental health services if the full benefits of speedy placements are to be realised Read More
We are also involved in several research projects and constantly campaign on behalf of adoptive parents:
Report: The provision and experience of adoption support services in Wales: Perspectives from adoption agencies and adoptive parents (2014)
A team of researchers from Cardiff University examined the current service provision in Wales.
Report: support needs of adoptive families in Wales
Research carried out by Adoption UK Wales reveals that much more needs to be done to support adopters in Wales.
- Support Needs of Adoptive Families in Wales - English language version
- Support Needs of Adoptive Families in Wales - Welsh