Adoption Support Services
St David’s Children Society is committed to offering ongoing support to all of our adoptive families. We recognise that Adoption is a life long commitment.
Adoption UK (Wales) and the St. David’s Children Society have established a ground breaking partnership to ensure that every adoptive family receives first class support from the early stages of their adoption journey until the children grow up.
Research has shown that adoptive parents find it easier to accept support and advice from other adopters. The basis of this partnership is to use experienced adoptive parents who are recruited and trained as volunteers and paid staff to offer the following services to other adopters:
- A network of support groups across Wales.
- A helpline offering information and advice on all aspects of adoption.
- Training courses on topics such as parenting adopted teenagers, children who struggle with school, complexities of contact.
- Family Fun Days.
- Access to a library of adoption related books and DVDs
- One to one support for families facing particular challenges, including buddying schemes.
The partnership will ensure that every newly formed family has a network of supportive other adoptive families around them with opportunities for as much or as little contact as they want during their adoption journey. Instead of waiting for difficulties to happen, this will mean that families know where to turn when they have questions which perhaps don’t seem to warrant taking up a social workers valuable time.
“We see this exciting new partnership as setting a benchmark for first class adoption support in Wales.” says Ann Bell, Development Manager Adoption UK.
“Placing agencies trust adoptive families to parent adopted children for the rest of their natural lives. This partnership aims to empower and enable adopters by assisting in the development, design and delivery of a support service that meets their needs. We are confident that this partnership will support children and families throughout their lives.” – Gerry Cooney, Chief Executive, St. David’s Children Society
The support that St. David’s makes available for every adoptive family will reflect their different needs, and includes the following:
- Access to the post approval support group, which meets every 12 weeks.
- We will ensure that a social worker is available to speak to you, no matter how long ago the adoption order was granted.
- We will assist you in accessing support from other services, which are available for all families within the community.
- We are able to offer some support in relation to contact arrangements and undertake the role of exchanging information via a birth family and the adopted child, via a letter box system.
- We work alongside other agencies such as NAS, ADSS, CVAA, BAAF, Adoption UK and After Adoption, and liase with local authorities across England & Wales.
Adoption legislation requires that where services are made available based on a local authority assessment of the family’s support needs. Such services will include:
- Services to meet the therapeutic needs of adopted children counselling, advice and information.
- Services to ensure the continuance of adoptive relationships support groups for adoptive families.
- Assistance with contact arrangements between adopted children and their birth relatives.
Services to adopted adults
The following service are offered:
- A counselling service to all adopted adults who have been adopted via this agency, and who wish to trace their origins
- Support in tracing.
Services to birth relatives.
- Advice and support for birth relatives who may wish to update information in readiness for adoptees who may choose to access this information.
We also provide:
Information, support and counselling to all those involved in adoption through this Agency: adopted adults, adoptive families and birth relatives.
We hold records of adoptive placements made through the Catholic Children’s Society, Wales & Herefordshire.
We have some historical records of children who were cared for in the Nazareth Houses in Cardiff and Swansea. These records relate to children who were placed with adoptive parents through the Catholic Children’s Society.
All of our services are offered without any charge. Much of this post adoption work is made possible by voluntary contributions. We invite you to make a donation if you are able to do so. There may be a charge when copies of birth, marriage or death certificates are purchased on your behalf in the course of tracing. We will ask you to reimburse the Agency when possible.
We aim to provide a prompt response to enquiries.