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Contact the Team in Wales 

02920 230319

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:

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Dedicated Helpline

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
Email: wales@adoptionuk.org.uk
A service for everyone affected by adoption.

Calls will be charged at standard network rates.

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A Peer Support Network for adoptive parents and prospective adopters.

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.

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Getting it right for every child - Parents Guide

Getting It Right

Getting it right for every child Parents PDF

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.

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Getting it right for every child - School's Guide

Getting It Right Schools

This new booklet for schools has been funded by Welsh Government and is available to download in Welsh or English

Getting it right for every child Schools PDF

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

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Talk Adoption.

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 ruthletten@afteradoption.org.uk

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Training and support

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 



Sleep Workshop
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.

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 wales@adoptionuk.org.uk

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Volunteering in Wales

We rely on volunteers to help us deliver our work in Wales.  If you would be interested in becoming a volunteer please contact wales@adoptionuk.org.uk  

We are currently looking recruiting for the following roles:

Local Support Group Volunteer Coordinator Wales
Buddy – volunteer

Please contact the Wales about the two roles above on either wales@adoptionuk.org.uk or 02920 230319.

We are also looking for volunteers to answer the helpline, run support groups, help out in the office and deliver training sessions. Contact the office on the email above for more details.


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Policy work and campaigning

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.

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