Voice of South West adopters to reshape adoption services

Published: 17.07.15

Adopters from across the South West can now influence the development of adoption services by posting their views and suggestions about their own adoption journey.
Voice of South West adopters to reshape adoption services

Adopter Voice is a community of online forums allowing prospective adopters, adopters and professionals to communicate on all aspects of adoption, share best practice and gather evidence. This will result in an improved adoption system directly influenced and continuously developed by adoptive families. 

Forums are now live for adopters and prospective adopters whose children use adoption services in the following local authorities: Bath and North East Somerset, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Isles of Scilly, North Somerset, Plymouth, Poole, Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, Torbay and Wiltshire.

The initiative is funded by the Department for Education and is being delivered by Adoption UK.

Adoption UK Chief Executive Hugh Thornbery said: “It is important that adopters have a voice, a means of shaping and improving how services are delivered on the ground as their lived experiences provides invaluable insight for decision makers into the impact of any proposed changes and reforms. 

“We’ve seen over the last few years quite a few changes in adoption legislation and we continue to press the Government for further reform and parity across the UK. With the recent introduction of the Education and Adoption Bill for England more structural changes are proposed with the introduction of regional adoption boards.”

Mr Thornbery described the Adopter Voice project as a “golden opportunity” for prospective adopters and adopters to get their views in early and help shape the way the Government delivers the proposals in the Bill. 

Signing up is easy and costs nothing but a couple of minutes of your time.

Mr Thornbery added: “Your experiences good and bad will be taken into account and fed through to regional adoption boards and I know from what our members say that there is a genuine desire to make lasting changes so that others are supported in the future.”

The Adopter Voice forums can be accessed via our website www.adoptionuk.org

Adopter Voice went live in early July, with the Yorkshire & Humber consortium joining as early implementers. 

By October 2015 every prospective and adopter family in England will be able to challenge, support and input to the development of adoption services at local, regional and national levels so that they are adopter-led.