Adoption UK's Ann Bell appointed as Vice-Chair of the NAS Advisory Group
Published: 13.07.15Adoption UK is delighted to announce that Ann Bell, our Development Manager in Wales, has been appointed as Vice-Chair of the National Adoption Service (NAS) Advisory Group.
Ann is responsible for developing and managing our activities in Wales. As well as overseeing the delivery of services to adopters across Wales, Ann also liaises with the Welsh Government and local authorities, ensuring that the voice of adoptive parents is heard in the NAS.
Ann said: "I'm honoured to be able to play my part in helping the NAS develop over the next few years, and I am absolutely determined that we will find a way to improve adoption support even in these times of austerity. Without good adoption support the life-changing intervention which is adoption is like doing a heart-transplant without providing follow-up support – reckless!
"As an adoptee and an adoptive parent myself I hope I can bring both a personal and professional perspective to the table when that is helpful."
Ann was formerly a secondary school teacher and more recently worked as Director of Communities that Care in Wales. She has a Masters degree in early childhood studies and has carried out research into the support needs of adoptive parents during the first year of placement.
Hugh Thornbery, Adoption UK's Chief Executive said: "Ann has worked diligently over the last couple of years to position the voice of adoptive families at the heart of the national and regional developments.
"She has determinedly plugged away to get to this point. Having spoken to the Independent Chair of the Advisory Group and the Head of Operations of the NAS recently, it was clear that Ann’s contribution to the national agenda in Wales is highly valued and she is held in high regard."
Adoption UK exists to provide support and give a voice to adoptive families. We do this by harnessing the experiences and knowledge accumulated by adoptive parents as they progress along their adoption journey and making it available to those who are just starting on that road.
There are currently almost 400 adoptive families who are members of Adoption UK in Wales. They all receive regular newsletters and magazines, have access to a Wales helpline and are invited to attend a network of 11 support groups which run across Wales with some specialist groups for adoptive dad’s, single adopters and lesbian and gay adopters.
Notes: Ann will remain working for Adoption UK and her new role with the NAS Advisory Group is an honorary position.