Published: 06.07.15By October 2015 every adoptive family in England will be able to challenge or support adoption services and have a say in how they are developed at a local, regional and national level.
It is important to us at Adoption UK that adopters have a voice, a means of shaping and improving how services are delivered on the ground. We are setting up the Adopter Voice project which will include a network of local advocates and adopter champions at regional levels to improve understanding in voluntary adoption agencies, local authorities and health and education sectors.
We are creating online communities so that adopters and professionals can communicate on all aspects of adoption, share best practice and evidence. These forums can be accessed via our website. The first ten local authority forums will go live from 1st July, the remainder will follow by October 2015.
Adoption UK Chief Executive, Hugh Thornbery said: "Adopter Voice is a great opportunity for all adopters to help shape adoption services for the future. Your experiences good and bad will be taken into account and fed through to regional adoption boards.
"I know from the experience of our members that there is a genuine desire to make lasting changes so that others are supported in the future. Please take a moment to sign up to a discussion forum in your area, it costs nothing but a few minutes of your time. "
If you would like to be kept up to date with all the latest Adopter Voice updates or find out more about becoming and 'adopter champion' at www.adoptionuk.org/volunteer-adopter-champions