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This week (14th – 20th October) is National Adoption Week!

We are taking this week to celebrate our adopters and let you know how we can support you in your adoption journey!

Adoption Information Evening

Tuesday, 15th October
4 PM
St David’s Children Society (28 Park Place, Cardiff)

Have you been thinking about adoption but something is holding you back? Perhaps you think you’re not eligible to adopt, or you think it will be expensive? Are you unsure what an Adoption Agency actually does?

At our adoption evening we’ll answer all your questions about adoption. Come along and learn about St David’s as an organisation and how the adoption process looks, then ask us any questions of your own! If you like what you hear, you can even talk to us about how to start your adoption journey.

It’s not to be missed!

Follow along on social media!

We will be posting all week on social media, giving you information about the organisation, as well as being part of an exciting project with the National Adoption Service! Make sure you’re following us to keep up to date with us this National Adoption Week!

Twitter: @adoptionwales

Facebook: St David’s Children Society

Instagram: st.davids.children.society

LGBT+ Adoption & Fostering Week 2019

New Family Social’s LGBT+ Adoption & Fostering Week campaign returns from 4-10 March, 2019. This year’s theme is ’7 days to love’ with each day of the week focusing on different areas.

We’re thrilled that record numbers of adoption and foster care agencies are joining us and supporting the campaign this year.

Why the week’s needed

In 2018  there were 75,420 looked after children in England, an increase of four per cent from 2017. There’s an ongoing need for more people to provide foster care across the UK and for more people to consider adoption.

Despite a record proportion of same-sex couples adopting in England and Wales, LGBT+ people still report high expectations of discrimination from foster and adoption agencies. To counter this, LGBT+ Adoption & Fostering Week is a unique opportunity for agencies across the UK to come together and encourage more LGBT+ people to consider both pathways to parenting.

LGBT+ Fostering and Adoption Week is ran by New Family Social  who are the only charity led by LGBT+ adopters and foster carers.  St. David’s Children Society are proud members of New Family Social and have a strong history of assessing and placing with families who identify as LGBT+.  We will be actively supporting LGBT+ Fostering and Adoption Week.  If you would like to speak to somebody about adoption and live in Wales or Herefordshire please contact us on 02920 667 007 or email, info@stdavidscs.org

It is with very mixed feelings that I am writing this note that marks the departure of our long standing CEO of thirty years . After much deliberation, Gerry has decided to retire and go off and enjoy the fruits of his labour with his lovely wife Jo and two delightful girls Hannah and Emma not forgetting his faithful hound Dylan.

Retirement of Gerry Cooney

For those who have worked in the adoption sector Gerry’s name has been synonymous with St. David’s for many years. Indeed he started his career with the Society as a social worker in 1988 under Father O’Leary as the Director.  During those early days he worked alongside Sisters of the Catholic Church and of course our brilliant administrator Jackie who has lived the journey of the Society alongside Gerry.

Gerry’s tenure as CEO started dramatically. Faced with a failing organisation both financially and from the perspective of the Inspectorate, his tenacity, determination and vision saw it move from an organisation on the brink of closure to a highly successful Society. Today it is a proud partner of the National Adoption Service recognised for its innovation, creativity and quality of service provision.  A Senior Policy advisor said very recently to me “St. David’s is critical to adoption in Wales”
Gerry’s mission has always been the children and their right to family life. The Vision of St. David’s, “Where every child with an adoption plan is found a new family”, has been Gerry’s life work. Under his leadership 700 children have been placed with the Society – There can be no finer legacy to leave.

Gerry has achieved so much in his 30 years. He made a courageous decision to move away from the Catholic Church so that prospective adopters could become parents regardless of their sexuality. Today we have a thriving community of LGBT adopters who together with all our adoptive families belong to the St. David’s family.

A great strategist, Gerry was a lead visionary in the formation of the National Adoption Service speaking with eloquence and passion at the Cross-Party Committee of Inquiry into Adoption.  The Deputy Minister, Glenda Thomas who drove forward the principle model for NAS through legislation, consulted regularly with Gerry as a lead oracle in the field.

As I step into some very big shoes as the new CEO, I will endeavour to hold safe the team and all the families who we serve as Gerry has always done.

The adoption world in Wales is losing one of its greats.  On behalf of the team, Trustees, Panel and all our families we thank you and wish you a long happy and healthy retirement. You have served St. David’s impeccably and many, many children’s lives are all the richer because of you.

Wendy Keidan

It is that time of year again! Here is our Autumn Newsletter for 2018.  Click on the below link to keep up to date with all that has been going on at St. David’s Children Society.  We cover retirements, new starters, AFA Cymru, Adopting Together and even a staff member going to the Bowling World Championships in Las Vegas!

Final Newsletter 2018

St. David’s Children Society and AFA Cymru are pleased to currently have a number of vacancies available on our website.  Please take a look at the jobs section of our website for further details:

https://www.adoptionwales.org/en/page/jobs

Currently we are looking to fill the following positions:

Deputy Director

Administrator – St. David’s

Senior Regional Administrator – AFA Cymru

Independent Social Workers

The met office has released a red alert relating to adverse weather conditions in South Wales. We have made the decision to close the office with immediate effect. The office will close today and tomorrow: Thursday 1st March and Friday 2nd March, reopening on Monday 5th March. The duty desk remains open.

The Support Group scheduled for the morning of Saturday 3rd March has been cancelled.

Thank you.

St. David’s

Senior Social Work Practitioner. Adoption.  Salary: £33,437 – £35,444. (SP38-40).

Full time permanent post (37 hrs/wk). Cardiff.

 

Based within the social work team at St. David’s, an exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced Social work Practitioner. The post holder will have a mixed caseload covering all aspects of the adoption role, including assessment activity and adoption support for families and children.

 

Supportive working environment with a strong emphasis on individual & team development.

10% pension contribution + comprehensive BUPA cover. Generous leave entitlement.

St David’s is committed to achieving equal opportunities.

 

Applicants must have a minimum of 2 years adoption experience or 3 years in a child & family setting. A recognised social work qualification applies.

 

Closing date for applications is Monday 29th  January.   Interviews week commencing 12th February.

 

Job Description

Person Specification

Application Form

 

For additional information visit our website or contact: Helen, Anna or Mel.

28 Park Place, Cardiff CF10 3BA.

Tel No: 029 2066 7007  Email: info@stdavidscs.org   Website: www.adoptionwales.org

Strengthening adoption services for children who wait

Cardiff University and St David’s Children Society have partnered for a project aiming to strengthen adoption services.

Meeting a distinct need identified by the National Adoption Service, experts will support St David’s with a new recruitment strategy for adoptive parents for harder to place children. This includes children over four years old, brothers and sisters, and those with complex needs or medical uncertainty.

Staff will also look to deliver effective inter-agency working between the statutory and voluntary sector.

 

Read more about it here on the Cardiff University Website.

If you have adopted either through St.David’s or another agency we would be delighted if you could take a few minutes to complete this short survey on adoption support for the National Adoption Service. Your views are really important to us!

 

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NSYFKDP

Senior Social Work Practitioner. Adoption.  Salary: £30,978 – £34,746 pro rata (SP36-40).

Two posts. One full time permanent post (37 hrs/wk). One temporary part time (18.5 hrs/wk) to cover maternity leave for 12 months.
We require 2 two qualified social workers to join our experienced adoption team. These posts will be based in Cardiff.

Duties entail undertaking the full range of adoption recruitment, assessment & child placement activity and support.
Supportive working environment with a strong emphasis on individual & team development.
10% pension contribution + comprehensive BUPA cover.
St David’s is committed to achieving equal opportunities.
Applicants must have 2 years adoption experience or 3 years in a child & family setting. A recognised social work qualification applies.

Closing date for applications is Thursday 10th November.   Interview date: Friday 18th November.

Application Form 2016
Job description PERMANENT
Job description TEMPORARY
Personal Specification

For additional information visit our website or contact: Helen, Anna or Mel.

28 Park Place, Cardiff CF10 3BA.

Tel No: 029 2066 7007  Email: info@stdavidscs.org

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