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MESSAGE FROM WENDY

 

As we quickly approach the summer holidays and we manage some very hot weather, I wanted to wish all of you, at whatever stage of your adoption journey you are on, a very happy and safe summer.

 

We recently had two summer celebration events in South and West Wales for families who have adopted through St. David’s. It was so lovely to see the absolute joy on many children’s faces and for us all just to enjoy being together. We are delighted that as the year has progressed, we have, by popular demand, been able to return to face to face support groups and meet ups. Whilst zoom and teams became our best friends in the grim months of lockdown nothing replaces coming together over a cup of coffee and the requisite cake to share our own unique experiences of family life. Please watch out for more information about support groups on our closed Facebook page.

 

I know that long periods away from school such as the six-week school summer holiday create their own challenges in respect of balancing other commitments such as work with entertaining children so I do hope that you can get some much-needed relaxation during some part of the summer break. Don’t forget we are here to help and support you if you need us.

 

We are now doing most of our assessments face to face with some virtual sessions if that works for everyone. Using technology can be particularly helpful if families live some distance from their assessing social worker or we are arranging sessions later in the evening. We will work with you to ensure that whether face to face, mostly virtual or a combination of both, that the process is completed in a timely way.

We know the period between being approved and your child being placed with you can be stressful, so we are deeply committed to supporting and keeping in contact with you throughout this time via social work visits, training events or support groups.

 

For those thinking about adoption there are children still waiting for a family in Wales– this is particularly true for children over 4 or part of a larger sibling group. We want to keep brothers and sisters together as the maintenance of that sibling bond is critical for lifelong wellbeing. Children with additional health needs can also wait a long time for a family. To hear more about the adoption process and the needs of children waiting, in the first instance contact us at info@stdavidscs.org or phone 02920 667007 and you can speak to one of our duty workers.

 

I do hope that whatever your individual plans are for the summer you are able to have time to relax, take some time to recharge your batteries and most importantly at whatever stage you are in the adoption journey enjoy!

 

I look forward to meeting many of you in the Autumn and on behalf of all the staff at St. David’s we send our warmest wishes to you all.

Author: Dan Warner 19.07.2022

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