Have your say

We have various forums and volunteering opportunities available, click below to see the latest forums, workshops and Adopter Advisory Boards taking place in your area.


Adopter Voice Champions

Adopter Voice champions are responsible for leading and facilitating our forums and reporting back to RAA’s through Adoption Advisory Boards to make sure adoptive voices are heard. Full training is provided and the roles are an excellent opportunity to put existing project and people management skills to use!

We are currently looking for Adopter Voice Champions in the following areas:

  • Adoption South West- Devon, North Devon and Somerset
  • Adopt East- Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Bedford, Luton, Thurrock, Southend on Sea
  • Family Adoption links- North Lincolnshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Rutland,
  • Together 4 children- Staffordshire, Stoke, Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin
  • Adoption Counts, Cheshire East, Manchester, Salford, Stockport, Trafford,
  • Adopt East Midlands -Derby, Nottingham, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire,
  • Adoption West- North Somerset, BANES, Bristol, South Gloucester, Gloucester, Wiltshire,
  • [email protected] Walsall, Sandwell, Dudley and Wolverhampton
  • Together for Adoption- Warrington, wigan, St. Helens, Hatton, Cheshire and Cheshire east


Take part in Adopter Voice forums

The aim off Adopter Voice is to hear from adoptive families to seek and share the lived experience of adoption, to seek Adopters reviews the support and services in place and create peer to peer networks.

Your Adopter Voice is then shared impartially, with local authorities and regional adoption agencies to contribute to and influence local change, as well as informing regional and national adoption leadership boards and the Department for Education on policy improvements.

By bringing the experiences of adopters together we can form a stronger alliance that is able to inform decision and policy makers creating a better life for adopted children and their families.

We are looking for adopters to take part in their local forums have the following Adopter Voice forums taking place. If you would like to have your say in your area, please click on the relevant link and book your online attendance:


NB Forums are for adopters that live in the RAA Area.

Adopt East

Adopter Voice- You said… We’ve done!

Come and hear the impact of Adopter Voice in Adopt East and how this has helped influence the services from Sarah Johnson Head of Service.


Book here

Monday 14 March 2022

8pm – 9.30pm


Adoption South West

Adopter Voice ASW Early Placement Support

Adopter Voice would like to hear from Adopters who have had a child/siblings placed in the last 3 years. Come and share your experience of Early Placement Support from Adopt South West, and the support you have received, pre and post court order.


Book here

Tuesday 15 March 2022

1pm – 2.30pm


Adopt South West Adoption

Adoption Support Fund (ASF)

Find out more about how the AFS  and how to access with ASW.


Come and Join Tris and Kath Drescher, to ask questions and hear how the fund can be accessed. Also use your Adopter voice to review the therapies the ASF has allowed you to access.


Book here

Tuesday 22 March 2022

1pm – 2.30pm


Together for Adoption

Adopter Voice would like to hear about your experience of Contact.


Join the online forum on Contact -Letter box (Indirect) & Birth family/sibling face to face (direct)


Book here

Thursday 24 March 2022


7.30pm – 9pm


[email protected]

Keeping in touch with birth families & siblings


[email protected] are keen to hear from Adopters on this topic, to support improvement and more creativity in How [email protected] support adopters with contact.

Join Aimee, Adopter Voice champion as host to share your views

Monday 28 March 2022


7.30pm – 9pm


Together for Adoption

Life story and Identity


Adopter Voice would like to hear about your experience life story and identity.

Join the online forum


Book here

Monday 28 March 2022

7.30pm – 9pm


Adoption West

Post placement support review

Adoption West's Alison Lewis, Service Director, is keen to hear your views, to help review and influence this part of the Adoption Journey. To be able to achieve a review of current practice Adopter Voice are seeking adopters, who are currently awaiting to be match or have been match in the last 3 years, and adopters who have had children placed in the last 3 years.


Book here

Thursday 31 March 2022

7.30pm – 9pm


Adopt South West

Q&A with Kath Drescher, Head of Adopt South West

Come and Join Tris and Kath Drescher, to hear about the core support offer from Adopter South West and ask the questions you have about support for your family.

Book here

Tuesday 5 April 2022

1pm – 2.30pm



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