St David’s Children Society, one of the top three adoption services in the UK

On Tuesday 8th November 2012, Wales’ country’s longest-serving adoption agency, St David’s Children Society, was awarded as one of top three adoption services in the UK by the British Association of Adoption and Fostering (BAAF).

The award, held in London, was hosted by the BBC’s Nicky Campbell. It was launched to commemorate the 15th anniversary of National Adoption Week and celebrate the best of adoption practice across the UK.

Commenting on the award, Gerry Cooney, chief officer of St. David’s said, “This award is a testament to the professionalism and dedication of our staff.  It recognises the high quality of our adoption service, but more importantly, this award should inspire confidence in families who are thinking about adoption. It is imperative that all families considering adoption receive services of the highest quality.  This award assures families that they can trust St. David’s for outstanding services.”

The award came on the day that St David’s announced a long-term partnership with Adoption UK which is being heralded as the ‘gold standard’ in adoption support, providing services for adoptive families from the first enquiry about becoming an adopter right through to the adopted child reaching adulthood.

Commenting on the partnership, Gwenda Thomas, Deputy Minister for Children and Social Services said: “This kind of partnership working and peer-to-peer support is a great example of how new approaches can be found to share experience and improve the adoption process.”

Adoption report released as leading players announce partnership

Adoption report released as leading players announce partnership

 

Adoption UK has welcomed a report calling for the Welsh Government to do more to improve the adoption system in Wales, including establishing a National Adoption Service and giving adopters a guaranteed right to ongoing support.

The report, which also stated that the role of voluntary organisations is “pivotal to the development of the proposed National Adoption Service”, is released as Adoption UK Cymru and St David’s Children Society announce the launch of a groundbreaking partnership.

The union will see the two organisations work together to ensure that every adoptive family receives first class support from the early stages of their adoption journey until the children grow up.

The report was published following a Children and Young People Committee inquiry into adoption services in Wales. There were 246 children adopted from care in the year ending March 31, 2012, the majority were removed from their birth parents due to abuse and neglect.

Ann Bell, Adoption UK Development Manager Wales, said: “Adoption UK gave evidence at this Inquiry and contributed to the report. We are therefore delighted that our views as a leading voice of adoptive parenting issues have been recognised as well as our work as a provider of adoption support services.

“Given that we are talking about those families who are parenting some of Wales’ most vulnerable children, support should be guaranteed and we view this new, exciting partnership as setting a benchmark for first class adoption support in Wales.”

“It’s an exciting time for adoption in Wales.”

Gerry Cooney, Chief Executive at St. David’s Children Society said:“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.”

Gwenda Thomas, Deputy Minister for Children and Social Services said: “The adoption service in Wales is set to undergo significant reform. Providing safe and stable placements for children is of paramount importance. Our plan for sustainable social services identified that local authorities and voluntary adoption agencies needed better ways of working together and this kind of partnership working and peer-to-peer support is a great example of how new approaches can be found to share experience and improve the adoption process.”