Adopting Together from St David’s Children Society provides groundbreaking model for placing priority children

Wednesday 28 November 2018

 

  • The first of its kind, the Adopting Together model offers tailored support to adopters through specialised assessment, training and therapeutic support.
  • 10 of 11 children featured at the first Adopting Together profiling and recruitment event in June were linked with prospective adoptive parents
  • The first placements were made through Adopting Together in October 2018

Adopting Together, led by St David’s Children Society, launched its new project during National Adoption Week. This recieved TV coverage, print media articles, social media interest and a meeting with the Huw Irranca-Davies AM, Minister for Children, Older People and Social Care.

The service brings together best practice from around the UK in one project, and is specifically designed to help place children waiting more than 12 months for a permanent home – the first of its kind in the UK. It aims to break down barriers which might prevent people from adopting priority children – typically those who have additional needs, are part of a sibling group, BAME children or those over four years old. We know that the number of children waiting for a permanent family for over 1 year in Wales continues to increase.

Adopting Together Project Manager, Singeta Kalhan-Gregory at St David’s Children Society says “Like every child, these children have a right to a loving forever home, yet the numbers of children waiting for a long time for families in Wales is growing. Having worked in adoption for a number of years, I am so excited this project has been developed. Often adopters need that extra reassurance to help them throughout their adoption journey, and the psychological and tailored therapeutic support that is offered before, during and post the adoption placement will make a huge difference. We’ve already seen the positive impact our project is having on adopters and children. During National Adoption Week and beyond, we are calling for potential adopters to enquire and give these children a chance to experience life-long family life.”

Suzanne Griffiths, Director of Operations for the National Adoption Service “We are really pleased to see the launch of Adopting Together. The early activities have been very positive, for children and for prospective adopters. We look forward to the scheme growing and contributing to a vibrant and modern adoption service across Wales.”

Supported by Cardiff University through an Innovate UK Knowledge Transfer Partnership funded by Welsh Government, the project is being evaluated by researchers at the School of Psychology and supported in its implementation within the sector in Wales by the Business School. This support will provide evidence of long-term impact and sustainability.

Adopting Together has been shortlisted in the final three UK projects for an Innovation Award by the Institute for Collaborative Working.  It was also shortlisted for a GO Wales Social and Community Procurement Award being judged on the innovative approach to working with the statutory sector and how this can positively impact on the service’s delivery to adopters and children.

CVAA are delighted that the team used CVAA’s Theory of Change tool as part of the project development. Click here to see their example. Members can create their own Theory of Change by downloading a template and instructions from the members area of CVAA’s website. 

For more information on Adopting Together, contact Singeta Kalhan-Gregory, Project Manager, Adopting Together at St David’s on 02920 667 007 or visit https://www.adoptionwales.org/en/page/adopting-together