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Adopting Together wins Highly Commended Go Wales Award for Social and Community Benefit

Adopting Together, St David’s collaborative project working with Barnardo’s, Adoption UK and the National Adoption Service, has been awarded Highly Commended 1 in the Category of Social and Community Benefit in procurement at the Go Wales 2018/19 Awards. St David’s and its partners were one of six Wales based projects to be shortlisted. The project was able to highlight how social and community benefits have been embedded at the heart of the procurement process, with a focus on outcomes for children and adopters at the centre of the projects development.

Adopting Together has also been shortlisted alongside 3 UK wide projects for an award from the Institute for Collaborative Working in the category of ‘Innovation’.  The entry evidenced how the project has used a structured approach in collaboration and how it is ground breaking in its approach to supporting children and adopters as a part of a collaboration between third and statutory sectors. The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony held on the 13th December at the House of Lords.

Awards News - Adopting Together

15th October sees the start of National Adoption Week. This year, the focus in Wales is on our new, exciting and innovative project, ‘Adopting Together’.

‘Adopting Together’ is here to try and find families for the children in Wales who have been waiting the longest for a forever family.

Through ‘Adopting Together’, we are looking for people who want to create their families with the children who wait the longest in mind. Most often, these are children aged four and over, brothers and sisters, children with additional needs – such as behaviours that are a result of their early trauma – and children with medical needs or medical uncertainty.

You will need to be understanding, loving, playful and kind. You will need to have space in your lives, as well as people around you, to share the joys and challenges. We will walk alongside you to help you understand what your child will need, and we will make sure you have the right support at the right time.

Adopting Together is a new project offering a specific model of assessment, training, and ongoing support which will enable and empower you to meet the needs of your children while creating your family.


Chief Executive Officer

Due to the pending retirement of the long serving CEO of St David’s Children Society, an exciting opportunity has arisen to lead this vibrant, forward thinking Voluntary Adoption Agency into the next stage of its development.

St David’s has a national reputation for excellence. It is a highly respected, stable and successful adoption provider that hosts AFA Cymru, the successor in Wales to BAAF Cymru. The Society is proud to be a significant partner in the National Adoption Service of Wales.

We seek an experienced, committed and creative new lead officer who will bring energy, skill and deep knowledge of the contemporary challenges in adoption, permanency and family placement to the Society. The successful candidate will be able to evidence the professional, technical and managerial essentials alongside an unshakeable determination to secure the best for children needing new families. Candidates will need to demonstrate strong strategic skills, a profound commitment to children’s rights, with a minimum of five years’ experience as a leader in a social care setting.

Please see the jobs section of our website for all the details:

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a project manager to join the St.David’s team and lead on the Adopting Together project. This new initiative, supported by The National Adoption Service in Wales, is created under the joint partnership of the Voluntary Adoption Agencies in Wales (St.David’s Children Society, Barnardo’s, Adoption UK, After Adoption and AFA Cymru). The project key aims are to find families for children who have been waiting a significant length of time for a family and to develop early intervention support models, including effective transition planning, that will set the foundation of the relationship between the parent and child from the time of placement and beyond.

The post holder will be a member of the management team in St.David’s Children Society and will also have the opportunity to work closely with Cardiff University.

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Christmas and New Year Opening Times

The office will be closed from 1pm on Friday 22nd December and will re-open at 9am on Wednesday 3rd January.

This Bank Holiday Weekend the office will be closed from 4.30pm on Friday 26th May – 9am on Wednesday 31st May.

Our Drop In Session on Monday 30th May is cancelled, but will resume as normal afterwards.

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Enjoy the weekend!

Adoption is a very positive, life changing option for children in need.

St. David’s Children Society.


Keeping children safe is the foremost consideration for all adoption professionals. Adoptive parents come from all sorts of backgrounds and are trained and supported with the child’s safety and wellbeing as paramount. For the overwhelming majority of children who are adopted, it provides them with a safe and loving home for life. Adoption provides essential security and belonging not just for very young children but also for older children, brothers and sisters and children with other needs such as medical uncertainty or complexities.


In the year ending 31st March 2017, 4,350 children were adopted in England while 304 were placed for adoption in the same period in Wales. The research evidences that 97% of these placements will endure, though some will require ongoing levels of support. St. David’s continually reflects on how we develop our practice and ensure that we offer ongoing training and support to these unique families to help children be the very best that they can be – they deserve nothing less.


There remains a critical shortage of adoptive parents in Wales and children continue to wait for adoption placements. It is important that we continue to address this shortfall through our recruitment of adopters to meet this need and reduce delays for children in their adoption journey.


Gerry Cooney


St. David’s Children Society

Job Vacancy – KTP – Policy and Partnership Development Associate

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a graduate or experienced professional to work with Cardiff University (School of Psychology and Cardiff Business School) St.David’s Children  Society and their partner agencies which make up the National Adoption Service. The post can be found in the Academic section  of the link below .

Hello to you all and a very warm welcome to our 2016 Newsletter. This is my first year as editor, having taken the reins from the eminently talented Joan, so please be kind!

When I look back at previous newsletters, there are many stories of change, new beginnings and exciting developments, changes of direction and retirement – and I take comfort from this as I reflect on this last year at St David’s.

The changing landscape of adoption across the UK over recent times meant that St David’s, alongside many agencies throughout Wales and the UK, saw a marked decrease in the number of children available for adoption and an increase in the number of approved adopters….

Please click here to read the newsletter in full

St. David’s Children Society tribute to Dr. Kevin Fitzpatrick OBE, an adoptive parent, the Chair of our Trustee Board and a formidable human rights champion.

A tribute to Dr. Kevin Fitzpatrick OBE

Sadly, Dr Kevin Fitzpatrick OBE, died on the 14th January 2016. His death was peaceful with his wife and children by his side. We offer our deepest condolences to Fabienne, his three wonderful children and all his family.

For these past 17 years Kevin chaired the trustees of St. David’s Children Society. He was an inspirational and visionary leader whose experience as an adoption parent helped redefine and redirect our adoption service. Under his governance, St. David’s matured into an adoption provider of the highest quality. His knowledge of the impact of neglect and trauma on children was immense. His personal experience, a rich resource, freely and softly shared.

Kevin was deeply human. In recent years, he travelled from the South of France to attend our trustee meetings. The logistical challenge for a wheelchair user in managing countless taxies, trains and planes is indescribable. It was not that he never missed a meeting. It was that he gave this time so freely and notwithstanding the pain spasms, there was always a smile and supportive word.  – The same courage and determination was evident in so many facets of his life.

Kevin was a writer, researcher and a formidable human rights champion. He was a remarkable individual driven by conviction and commitment. A persuasive leader whose clarity of purpose helped others identify intelligent, simple solutions to everyday challenges. Deputy Minister Gwenda Thomas A.M. appointed Kevin as the chair of Welsh Government’s Expert Adoption Advisory Group which laid the foundation for the National Adoption Service for Wales.

His integrity, his legacy will live on not just in St. David’s, but in so many other organisation including Not Dead Yet, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Europe, Hope Ireland, Disability Wales, The Welsh Ambulance Trust, as Disability Rights Commissioner and in the lives of the many countless individuals he touched.

For these past 27 years, Kevin has been my closest friend. We spent so much time laughing together, philosophising and putting the world right in our imaginary minds. In my moments of self-doubt his gentle, persuasive assurance always edified. My world is a smaller place without Kevin. I will truly miss him.

Gerry Cooney

Chief executive.

St. David’s Children Society.

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