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Celebrating National Adoption Week 2014

Published: 30.10.14

National Adoption Week begins on Monday and we're marking in the week throughout the UK.
Celebrating National Adoption Week 2014

What's on

We’re calling on our members and supporters to celebrate National Adoption Week with our Let’s Eat Together fundraising campaign.

All over the UK families, friends, churches and support groups are getting together to celebrate and raise funds. If you’re holding an event, we’d love to see pictures – whether it’s of the food, the decorations or you guests!

Even if you don’t manage to squeeze something in during National Adoption Week, there’s lots of time in November to have a get together. Check out our fundraising pack for more ideas.

In the Nations

In the Nations we’re also running some extra special events.

National Adoption Week will be launched in Northern Ireland with a special joint event with BAAF where we’ll be celebrating adoption, with parents of adopted siblings sharing their experiences.

There will then be a celebratory Family Day event featuring a range of activities for children and their families.

At the end of the week, on Sunday 9 November, we’d like to welcome anyone thinking about adoption and wanting to find out more, to come to an information afternoon at the Crescent Art Centre, University Road, Belfast, from 3-5pm.

A teddy bear

In Scotland, we are holding a joint event with BAAF at the Scottish Storytelling Centre (43-45 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1SR) in Edinburgh to celebrate the theme of siblings.

It will involve a storytelling session for children and parents with tea, cakes and 'goody bags'.

If you are an adoptive family and are interested in coming along please contact the office on 0131 555 5350 or contact Sheila.bottomley@adoptionuk.org.uk.

At the end of the week we’re inviting our members to join us for a fun-packed family day event at an outdoor activity centre, with suitably celebratory sparklers and a special.

Two boys sitting on the floor reading

In Wales, we are really pleased to be involved in the launch of the National Adoption Service on Wednesday 5 November. We’ll be joining all the organisations involved at a special event at the Senedd.

Coverage during the week

There has been some interesting broadcast coverage at the start of the week on Sky News and BBC Radio Wales.

On Monday, Children's Minister Edward Timpson released a letter addressed to anyone who has adopted a child from care, talking about government improvements to the adoption system.

Hugh Thornbery, our Chief Executive, responded with a statement welcoming the changes but outlining where Adoption UK feels more needs to be done, focussing on support, education and CAMHS.