Let’s talk about adoption

A new survey has revealed that a third of people in the South West find adoption difficult to talk about and 80 per cent say they don’t have a good understanding of how to start the process.

It’s worrying news for our local adoption agencies, Adopt South West and Families for Children, who need to find forever families to change their lives of nearly 60 children in the South West, as...

Connor – the luckless hound from Devon who has been homeless for more than a year

Connor – the luckless hound from Devon who has been homeless for more than a year

The huge increase in demand for pets during the pandemic hasn’t helped one lonely dog in Devon.

Connor, a three-year-old greyhound currently in the care of dog rescue charity Forever Hounds Trust, has been waiting for the right forever home for more than a year. While there have been lots of home offers for other dogs at the charity’s Centre for Homing and Welfare, which is based...

Devon adoption agencies need families for brothers and sisters who need to stay together

Just under half of children waiting for adoption are in family groups of two or more with 20 groups waiting in Devon

Latest figures show there are currently 2,020 children waiting to be adopted in England and, of those, 44% are in family groups of two or more. Groups of children wait an average of 17 months to be adopted, which is 36% longer (135 days more) than individual children. More than...

Charity celebrates as lockdown homing proves ‘more successful than imagined’ 

Cats Protection is celebrating the first anniversary of a pioneering online adoption process which has rehomed over 20,000 cats around the UK.

The milestone figure coincides with National Pet Month (April) and the one-year anniversary of the launch of Hands Free Homing, a new way of homing cats and kittens which was created in response to the coronavirus restrictions. It has been...

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Torbay residents urged to consider becoming adoptive parents

A shortage of potential adopters in Torbay is making it difficult to give children permanent homes, according to the south west region’s adoption agency, Adopt South West.

Kath Drescher, Service Manager of Adopt South West , says: “In some parts of the region we have a concentration of approved adopters, but we don’t have sufficient numbers in Torbay and surrounding areas and having...

Local charity project helps three children with complex needs to find the family they have been waiting for

Family for Me, a campaign specifically to find families in the South West for children who have been waiting the longest to be adopted is now searching nationwide for families for 3 children where all other adoptive family finding have failed.

Family for Me have begun the search for a family for Texas-Rose, Gabriella and Kevin across the UK to help the Local Authority where they are...

Only 3 UK regions are searching for senior dog adoption

As well as edging one month closer to Christmas and welcoming colder and crisper weather, November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month, a month dedicated to helping older dogs find a forever home. It isn’t surprising to learn that older dogs experience great difficulty when trying to find a new and loving family—it is a sad reality we should all be aware. After all, every animal deserves to...

New #YouCanAdopt campaign launches in Devon

Regional Adoption Agency Adopt South West and independent adoption charity Families for Children, join the coalition of National, Regional and Voluntary adoption agencies across the country, supported by the Department for Education (DfE), to launch a nationwide recruitment campaign to raise awareness of adoption.

In the UK, there are almost 3,000 children that are in need of an...

Another Stirring Success for local adoption charity

The festive season kicked off on Stir Up Sunday on a Saturday this year for local charity Families for Children. 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 a wish....

New regional agency will reduce waiting times for children awaiting adoption

Local authority adoption services in Devon, Plymouth, Torbay and Somerset are joining forces to become a single regional adoption service, under the banner Adopt South West.

The move, required by the Government, is expected to improve the adoption process; making it simpler for adoptive parents, and quicker so children awaiting adoption are waiting less time.

Council adoption...