National Adoption Week in Wales – launch of The First 1,000 Days
Published: 16.10.17Adoption UK Wales is launching a major programme for all new adoptive parents to support them during the first three years of their adoption journey as part of National Adoption Week (NAW) 16-22 October.
A child joining a family is a big event but a child joining a family through adoption is even more momentous, which is why The First 1,000 Days has been established. It provides new adoptive parents across Wales with a supportive network of fellow adopters who are available to listen and advise, as well as signpost to help and services during the tough times, as well as celebrating the milestones achieved.
Modern adoption is far more challenging because often children coming into care are traumatised because of abuse and neglect suffered at the hands of their birth families. As a result, adopted children need a far greater level of support from their adoptive families, which can prove challenging for new parents.
In a recent Adoption UK/BBC survey of adopters, more than a quarter of parents said there were either serious challenges impacting the wider family, or that their adoption was at risk of disrupting, or had already disrupted.
Funded by The Henry Smith Charity and Community Foundation, the scheme is being launched with the Welsh Government’s cabinet secretary for children and communities, Carl Sargeant AM, in a special event at the National Assembly for Wales, in partnership with the National Adoption Service for Wales.
Ann Bell, director of Adoption UK Wales who designed the programme, said: “Most of the time, being an adoptive parent is just like being any other kind of parent. But there are times when it can be different. Adoption UK provides a community of adopters who help and support each other throughout the joys and challenges of the adoption journey, and we’re proud to be able to offer new adoptive families even more support for the first three years through The First 1,000 Days”.
The First 1,000 Days project is being launched during NAW. The need to find families for some of our most vulnerable children remains at the heart of this year’s event, and with the number of children being take into care rising, recruiting more adopters is critical.
Click here to watch interviews with adopters who adopted a sibling group, as well as a brother and sister, who tell about what it meant to them to be adopted together: