New North Devon adoption service launched by Families for Children

Families for Children North Devon Office at Castle Hill Estate, Filleigh

New adoption service to North Devon is welcomed and supported by the Castle Hill Estate.

Specialist adoption agency and charity Families for Children are pleased to announce the opening of their new adoption service based at the historic Castle Hill House, Filleigh, near Barnstaple.

Families for Children’s North Devon office will open on Friday 23rd January. Whilst the charity has been working in the region for over 20 years it is hoped that by having an office in North Devon they’ll be able to provide a more local level of support for new and existing adopters.

The North Devon adoption service is being run by the new Adoption Practice Manager, Jakki Parsons. Jakki, along with her team of social workers, hope that the new office will ensure the charity’s vital placement of vulnerable children with new adoptive families in North Devon and their exceptional adoption support service, will continue to thrive.

Jakki, who has over 15 years’ experience in adoption, says “I am pleased to have joined Families for Children to head up their new office in North Devon. I feel it is essential that we can offer both our assessment and adoption support services on the doorstep and that we become part of the community.

We have been approving and supporting adopters from North Devon for over 20 years from our South Devon office so the move to Filleigh will enable us to offer a more localised, specialist service including information events and training for any potential adopters from North Devon much more frequently.

As a specialist adoption agency and charity we like to develop personal relationships both with adopters and supporters that last a lifetime and hope we can emanate the success we have had elsewhere in the county up here in North Devon.”

The move to North Devon has been part funded by a Government expansion grant for voluntary adoption agencies and also from charitable legacies left to the charity last year.

Every year Families for Children has to raise over £300,000 to maintain their adoption support services. This money is used to support the children they place from all over the UK with families in Devon, Dorset Cornwall and Somerset.

Without these funds the agency simply would not exist and these children would face a lengthy wait in Local Authority care. Families for Children pride themselves and specialise in being able to offer adoption support services for as long as it is needed. The children they place are often very vulnerable and have experienced extreme trauma in their early lives.

Katey McDonald, Families for Children says; “We hope that the new centre in Filleigh will help raise local awareness and dispel some of the myths surrounding adoption and encourage families to come forward. Families for Children are also keen to let people know that they do have a choice when considering adoption with both the Local Authority and Families for Children operating locally.

Whist the adoption process is broadly similar in both organisations, Families for Children have an excellent adoption support team that can support and advise the family and child for the rest of their lives, should they need it.

Families for Children really are specialists in adoption and we have a team of dedicated and committed social workers to guide potential adopters through the assessment process, matching them with a child and any ongoing adoption support.”

Families for Children are holding their first information morning from their new office on Saturday 31st January from 10am to 12 noon.
To find out more or to book an appointment please phone 01271 522053 or visit

Their new North Devon office address is:
Families for Children North Devon
Castle Hill Estate Office,
Filleigh, Barnstaple,
Devon EX32 0RQ

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