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Somerset author & activist joins local adoption agency in their work to support vulnerable children

29th July 2019

Families for Children are pleased to welcome local author, painter and illustrator, Louise Allen, as an Ambassador for the charity. Louise, who lives in Somerset, has spent most of her working life teaching Art and Design in Higher Education. As an activist she campaigns on behalf of looked after children and those that care for […]

Charity Music Concert

25th June 2019

In aid of Families for Children, Lukesland House (Harford, Ivybridge) is hosting a charity concert and supper on Sunday 4th August at 7.00pm. Zara Benyounes (violin) and Sara Roberts (viola) are teaming up as a violin/viola duo for a short tour that will explore the fascinating repertoire for these two instruments. Zara Benyounes and Sara […]


Miles for Smiles Campaign – Every Step for Adoption 7th july to 14th October 2019

10th June 2019

Get Active with your family and raise vital funds for the support of adopted children.   Many of the children we place have experienced early life trauma; join the Miles for Smiles – every step for adoption campaign to help support them! Families for Children had been looking for a campaign to launch in 2019 to raise much needed […]

Families for Children wins £1,000 Movement for Good award

5th June 2019

Families for Children has won a £1,000 Movement for Good award thanks to nominations from the public. Families for Children was nominated to win a £1,000 boost as part of specialist insurer Ecclesiastical’s Movement for Good awards, which is giving £1million to charities this summer. Families for Children is the only Voluntary Adoption Agency in […]

‘Eggcellent’ Easter Egg Hunt at Lympstone Manor

29th April 2019

Children and parents spent a wonderful morning in the beautiful grounds of Lympstone Manor searching for eggs left by Lympstone’s ‘Easter Bunny’! Michael Caines MBE hosted the morning at his woodland event space which included sunshine and some wonderful al fresco refreshment. The children all went home with Easter Eggs and smiles on their faces. […]

Welcome Jon White

6th March 2019

A huge welcome to Jon white who has joined us as Centre Manager and Outdoor Education Lead for Families for Children. He will be the Centre Manager for Lopwell Barn, Lopwell Dam, our new residential centre which a generous benefactor is renting to us; we will take this on from 1st April. Jon has been […]

‘Big Thanks’ Exeter Foundation

5th March 2019

Families for Children were once again delighted to be one of the nominated charities of the Exeter Foundation, where we were given the opportunity to bucket collect at the Exeter Chief v Newcastle Falcons game held on Saturday 23rd February at Sandy Park. A big thank you to all the volunteers who helped raise funds for […]

Introducing Dr Jess Parffrey, Consultant Clinical Psychologist

18th January 2019

To introduce myself, I’m Dr Jess Parffrey, a Consultant Clinical Psychologist now working with Families for Children for 2 days a week.   I’m delighted to become part of the therapeutic team at Families for Children and have had close links with the adoption agency for many years, having completed my university research project with the […]

Welcome Ruth – new Chief Executive Officer

11th October 2018

We are delighted to welcome Ruth Marriott as the new Chief Executive Officer at Families for Children. Having worked with young people for over 25 years, Ruth joins the charity with extensive experience in developing services to support young people who have had challenging backgrounds. She is passionate about young people benefitting from services to […]

Another fantastic ‘Stir Up Sunday’

18th January 2019

The festive season kicked off in November on Stir Up Sunday. Over 30 adopted children were invited to stir up some Christmas puddings with charity Patrons, Michael Caines MBE and Judi Spiers. Stir Up Sunday is traditionally the day for everyone in the family to take a turn at stirring the Christmas pudding, whilst making […]