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- Partnership with After Adoption
- Dedicated helpline
- Support Network
- Parents Guide
- School Booklet
- Talk Adoption
- 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.
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 (3 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)
- Mid Wales / Llandrindod Wells (evening)
- Blackwood (Caerphilly) (morning)
- North Wales – A new group is being established jointly with St.David’s Children’s society.
- Western Bay – new groups are being set up in the Swansea and Bridgend area.
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 get in touch via the helpline or the Cardiff office.
A new booklet will be launched is available in Welsh (here) and English (click the link above). It aims to help parents to have a better understanding of the education system and how to be effective advocates for their children in school.
We are working in partnership with NAHT Cymru to produce a guidance paper about schools and understanding attachment difficulties. This will go out to head teachers and senior managers across Wales on 18 September.
Thanks to funding from Welsh Government we are offering a series of Master Classes in Education across Wales and we would love it if you would tell the education professionals who are involved with your child and encourage them to attend. Places are free and we want parents and teachers and adoption social workers to attend so we can all work together to improve our children’s experiences in school.
17 January 2018 - Cardiff
7 February 2018 - Carmarthen
7 March 2018 - Newport
There are up to 50 free places available for each class so don’t miss out, book today!
To book your place contact the Wales Office on 029 2023 0319 or firstname.lastname@example.org
This new booklet for schools has been funded by Welsh Government and is available to download in Welsh or English
Click the above link (or the image to the right) to download the booklet and why not print a copy out and take it in to your child’s school this term?
We are starting the new school year with three exciting new developments which we hope will help schools to have a better understanding of the needs of adopted children and help parents to work more productively with schools to support their children
TALKadoption is a national programme supporting adopted children and young adults aged 7 – 25 in England and Wales The service runs groups and events, which offer a safe and supportive space to meet, have fun and an opportunity to discuss and explore issues which are important to the young people. The group provides activities designed to build confidence, self-esteem and strengthen a sense of identity. The group is very much led by the young people, their ideas, their thoughts, their voice.
TALKadoption holds monthly activity groups in Cardiff and Swansea such as circus skills; indoor climbing, theatre & song writing workshops for children and young people. The groups are for 7-10 years olds and 11-25 year olds, held on Saturdays. We also offer “Family Days”, which gives the whole family the opportunity to get involved in a variety of free activities and to share experiences with other adopters and adopted children.Cardiff and Swansea
If you are interested in your volunteering and supporting the TALKadoption events/groups please get in touch with Ruth Letten by text/phone/email at email@example.com
Non Violent Resistance Awareness Raising Day
Wednesday 14 March 2018
North Wales * 1000 Days * FREE (see below)
Parents, wider family members and adoption support staff will have an opportunity to consider the neurophysiological issues underlying aggressive and violent behaviour in some children who are looked after or adopted. The day will provide an introduction to a range of practical Non Violent Resistance strategies and explain the vital role of those supporting families both in professional roles and as family members or friends. The training will be delivered by a Partnership Projects accredited practitioner.
*1000 DAYS * FREE - these courses are part funded by the Henry Smith Charity and are FREE to any adopters during the first 1000 days of their adoption journey. There is a charge for other adopters.
For more information and to book a place contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Adoptive parents are invited to this interactive training day which will enable them to build on their knowledge and understanding of sleep and what impacts/improves it. Participants will have an opportunity to increase their skills and confidence in addressing issues of night waking, early rising and sleeping alone.
The course is being delivered by a qualified Sleep Practitioner from Cerebra.
30/1/18 Cardiff area
8/2/18 South West Wales area
20/3/18 South East Wales area
25/4/18 Mid/West Wales area
6/6/18 North Wales
Duration: all courses are 10am-2pm.
Cost: FREE to anyone who has adopted in the last 3 years (small charge for others adopters who don't fall into that category, due to our funding from the Henry Smith Foundation).
For more information and to book a place contact email@example.com
We run a range of popular training workshops, conferences and seminars during the year. These events are aimed at adopters at all stages of their journey from those who are at the initial point of considering adoption to those who have grown up adopted children and grandchildren. We welcome social workers, family and friends carers, special guardians, long term foster carers, friends and relatives of adoptive families and of course adoptive parents themselves on our courses.
For upcoming training events click the following link to download the programme Adoption UK Wales Forthcoming Training
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 East Wales in Autumn of 2017.
Inset training is available for schools.
We rely on volunteers to help us deliver our work in Wales. If you would be interested in becoming a volunteer please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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