First and foremost, I hope that you and all your family and friends remain well. It has been a period of change and challenge thus far for everyone and despite some reprieve in the summer, we are now entering a potentially tough time over the winter with a reintroduction of national restrictions and local lockdowns for some regions in Wales. I therefore wanted to write to you all at whatever stage you are in your adoption journey, from making an enquiry to adopt to adopting many years ago, to offer my assurances that despite local and national lockdowns there will be no change to how we deliver our services to you. We have been home based for many months now and over that time we invested heavily in infrastructure to deliver online pre approval training, virtual adoption panels that have functioned very well and we have provided a range of support including therapeutic support online. Feedback from families who have accessed this report say that it has worked incredibly well.
We have also introduced a mixture of face to face and virtual meetings when needed. For example, when undertaking some assessment work or support visits. The face to face meetings are conducted following stringent risk assessments to ensure you are all safe.
If you are thinking about adoption we would be delighted to hear from you, so please contact us on www.adoptionwales.org or phone 02920 667007.
I am very aware that for those of you who have adopted, you have experienced some incredibly challenging months being Mum, Dad, teacher, nurse, counsellor to name but a few roles all probably in the space of an hour at best. Your resilience, tenacity and creativity has shone through, but please don’t hesitate to pick up the phone at any time to talk anything through – that is what we are here for.
For those of you at the very start of your adoption journey as newly approved adopters, we are working hard to ensure that we find the right match for you to become parents. This is life changing and life affirming so getting this right for the child and you is critical. In order that you can hear about some of the children who are waiting for a family, you will be invited to a virtual profile event during National Adoption Week, from October 12th to 18th.
We are really disappointed that we are unable to have our annual Christmas party this year – the absolute highlight of my year – but we are hoping that we can provide some Christmas story telling magic online so look out for that plus our annual newsletter with a catch up of news across the Society.
As ever, I send my very best wishes and thanks to each and every one of you.