Connected Children and Young Peoples Service Cymru

Connected is the name of our Children and Young People Service in Wales. At present we run these bespoke monthly sessions for adopted children age 7- 10 and young people age 11 – 25 years old. Our monthly groups aim to improve children and young peoples’ self-confidence, build self-esteem and reduce the sense of isolation which some adopted children experience and also develop life skills.  We achieve this by offering a range of activities such as art, drama, circus skills, healthy eating/cooking and music sessions to name but a few.

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User guide – Adoption Register Wales

The Adoption Register for Wales is funded by Welsh Government and hosted by the National Adoption Service. It is for all approved Adopters and for children with a plan for Adoption. It is a fully bilingual online service which aims to assist in the matching process and reduce delay for children waiting for adoption. The National Guidelines and User Guides for both practitioners and adopters will assist in the consistent use of the Adoption Register for Wales.

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Contact and children's rights!

Contact between brothers and sisters following care proceedings can often be disjointed - and at worst, non-existent, particularly where different arrangements are in place for different children from a family group as agreed by the court. In practice, much depends on the willingness of the adults involved to facilitate contact that is agreed - and this can often fall down, particularly as time goes on.

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Adoption Awareness

In consultation with adoptive families across Wales, the National Adoption Service has identified areas where healthcare professionals in primary and secondary care services can positively contribute to the wellbeing of adopted children, young people and their families by understanding more about some of the challenges that adopted young people often face as they are growing up. In response to this consultation we have created leaflets and posters that may be helpful for you to download and share.

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Vacancy

This is an exciting time for adoption services in Wales and the National Adoption Service for Wales central team is recruiting to two key posts, as we continue improve adoption services across Wales

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Vacancy

St David's Children's Society has announced the retirement of its long serving CEO and are advertising for a successor to lead this vibrant, forward thinking Voluntary Adoption Agency.

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Annual Report 2017-18

The National Adoption Service for Wales has today (17 July) published their Annual Report which shows improvements made to adoption services in Wales.

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Adopting Together

Adopting Together is a new and exciting child-focussed adoption project, supported by the National Adoption Service, which brings together the Voluntary Adoption Agencies in Wales (VAA’s) to find families for children who may be waiting for a long time for their forever families. 

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£215,000 to improve adoption services

£215,000 has been awarded to the National Adoption Service to improve and develop adoption support services in Wales, The Communities and Children’s Secretary and the Minister for Social Services have announced.

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#SeeTheWholeChild shortlisted for awards

Our #SeeTheWholeChild campaign developed with Wilkinson PR has been shortlisted in three categories - Public Sector / Low budget / Not-for-Profit - in the Chartered Institute of Public Relations awards - regional level. 

 

 

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Local Information events

In the coming weeks many regional adoption services, councils and voluntary adoption agencies across Wales will be hosting information & support events in their local areas. These will provide an opportunity for prospective adopters to gather information and advice in a relaxed and informal setting from people with first hand experience of the process.

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Information and Support Events

In the coming weeks many regional adoption services, councils and voluntary adoption agencies across Wales will be hosting information & support events in their local areas. These will provide an opportunity for prospective adopters to gather information and advice in a relaxed and informal setting from people with first hand experience of the process.

 

 

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Adoption: A British Association of Social Workers UK enquiry

The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) has established a UK-wide enquiry to consider the role of the social worker in adoption with a particular focus on ethics and human rights. The enquiry will consider adoptions that are undertaken by local authorities for children in care. The focus does not include inter-country or step-parent adoptions.

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Free Membership to Adoption UK

The National Adoption Service is today announcing plans to offer all newly approved adopters in Wales membership of Adoption UK for their first year so that they have access to peer support, advice and information in the important early stages of becoming a parent.

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Taking the next step

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