I just wanted to write to you all and hope that first and foremost you, your family and loved ones are keeping safe and well.
We continue to live in unprecedented times and I know that all of you are having different experiences of home life as a family whether you are at the early stages of your adoption journey, waiting for children to be placed with you or have adopted some years ago.
For some of you having this time together has been welcomed with children really enjoying their one to one time with Mum /Dad. For others it has been incredibly tough with children really missing the structure and routine of school. Whilst we continue to work differently through various platforms such as zoom whatever your experiences we are here to help and support you so please do not think that you need to do all of this on your own. Our phone number is 02920 667007 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will put you in touch with a duty social worker who is available Monday to Friday 9.00am- 5.00pm ( 4.30 pm on Fridays).
There are some parts of the adoption process that are inevitably taking longer such as the safe movement of children from foster care to adoption. We are all working very hard right across the sector and across professional disciplines to assist and support processes wherever possible. However, I appreciate that any delays to you becoming parents will be an anxious time for you. Please do not hesitate to discuss these anxieties with us and we will do all we can to assist and support you.
We have set up fortnightly mid-week coffee morning support groups, continued with our quarterly weekend support groups with guest speakers, there is a closed Facebook group for peer support and lots of ideas of how to keep children entertained during lockdown on social media.
Facebook – @StDavidsChildrenSociety
Twitter – @AdoptionWales
Instagram – @st.davids.children.society
AFA Cymru are facilitating workshops and training via webinars so ask your social worker about them.
There is also additional support available through AUK who have introduced new helpline hours Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
7- 9 pm and during the day Mon – Fri – 10.00am – 2.30pm. You can contact them on 0300 666 0006 (option 5)
They have also got useful information on the following links:
You will also find helpful advice on the National Adoption Service website:
For those of you thinking about adoption we are very keen to hear from you on 02920 667007 or email@example.com . St. David’s remains very much open for business, and is eagerly poised to respond positively to the next stage in Welsh Governments recovery plan when it is known.
I wish you and yours all the very best.
Chief Executive Officer/ Prif Weithredwr