By October 2015 every adoptive family in England will be able to challenge or support adoption services and have a say in how they are developed at a local, regional and national level.
It is important to us at Adoption UK that adopters have a voice, a means of shaping and improving how services are delivered on the ground. We are setting up the Adopter Voice project which will include a network of local advocates and adopter champions at regional levels to improve understanding in voluntary adoption agencies, local authorities and health and education sectors.
We are creating online communities so that adopters and professionals can communicate on all aspects of adoption, share best practice and evidence. These forums can be accessed via our website www.adoptionuk.org and the first ten local authority forums will go live from 1st July, the remainder will follow by October.
Adoption UK Chief Executive, Hugh Thornbery said: “Adopter Voice is a great opportunity for all adopters to help shape adoption services for the future. Your experiences good and bad will be taken into account and fed through to regional adoption boards.
“I know from the experience of our members that there is a genuine desire to make lasting changes so that others are supported in the future so please take a moment to sign up to a discussion forum in your area. It costs nothing but a few moments of your time. ”
- If you would like to be kept up to date with all the latest Adopter Voice updates or find out more about becoming and `adopter champion’ at adoptionuk.org/volunteer-adopter-champions
Adoption UK is the leading charity providing support, awareness and understanding for those parenting or supporting children who cannot live with their birth parents. Created more than 40 years ago by adopters for adopters; now with more than 10,000 members we provide a strong supportive community and the largest voice of adoption in the UK.
- We are a charity registered in England and Wales (no. 1160647) and in Scotland (SC037892). Registered Adoption Support Agency (Service no. 66957). Adoption UK is a company limited by guarantee Company Number 9454981.
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