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Every Step Adoption Adoption Support Fund explained

Adoption Support Fund (ASF) explained

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The Adoption Support Fund (ASF) is available nationally from May 2015. It was established because many families need some kind of therapeutic support following adoption and too many have struggled to get the help they need in the past. The Fund will enable them to access the services they need more easily in future. Who […]

Adopt South West - a new partnership of Devon Adoption agencies

Adopt South West is the new partnership of Devon Adoption agencies launched by Michael Caines MBE

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Today, Michelin-starred, celebrity chef, Michael Caines, MBE, is announcing the launch of a unique partnership of adoption agencies based in Devon, Adopt South West. The new partnership includes the adoption agencies of Devon County Council, Plymouth City Council, Torbay Council and charities Barnardo’s and Families for Children. Adopt South West, who are committed to finding […]

Clare Grogan talks about adopting

Actress Clare Grogan talks about adopting

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In a recent article published by the Express Newspaper, actress Clare Grogan talks about what it’s like to adopt and admits that it is a lot tougher than she had expected. The article, by Simon Button tells Clare’s story beautifully and highlights the emotional roller coaster of adopting a child. CLARE’S STORY… AFTER miscarriages and IVF […]

Highest adoption increase since 1992 in England

Highest Adoption rates in England since 1992

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The latest figures from the Department for Education (DfE) show that there were more adopters in England during 2014 than any time since 1992. The DfE noted that 5,050 ‘looked after children’ were adopted during 2014. This represents a 26% increase on 2013 and a 58% increase since 2010. This is a huge improvement, which […]

Families for Children - The neuroscience of adoption and fostering training symposium with Margot Sunderland on 15th May 2015 at Dartington Hall.

The Neuroscience of Fostering and Adoption training event 15th May 2015, with Margot Sunderland at Dartington Hall.

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Families for Children Adoption are delighted to be hosting a training symposium with Dr Margot Sunderland on Friday 15 May 2015 at Dartington Hall, Dartington, Devon on The Neuroscience of Fostering and Adoption. Dr Margot Sunderland is the author of over twenty books in the field of child mental health including The Science of Parenting.   She […]

Adoption leave and pay changes for April 2015

Adoption leave and pay changes from April 5th 2015.

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To help fall more in line with maternity rights, the Government are making adoption leave and pay changes from April 5th 2015. Information gained from the ACAS website that qualifying employees are entitled to take up to 52 weeks adoption leave and may be able to take 39 weeks of statutory adoption pay. THE KEY […]

Families for Children adopt a child awareness video featuring celebrity patrons

Families for Children adoption awareness – celebrity video

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There are over 6,000 children waiting to be adopted in the UK. To help highlight the plight of these children, Families for Children have created a ‘Happy Childhood Memories’ campaign video. To add weight to the campaign, the short film features many of the Families for Children celebrity patrons, including actress Caroline Quentin, Michael Caines […]