Only 3 UK regions are searching for senior dog adoption

Authored by Mary

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

Authored by Mary

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

Authored by News Desk

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

Authored by Mary

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...

City Council urges people to #SupportAdoption

Authored by George Dawson

Plymouth City Council is encouraging people to get behind this year’s National Adoption Week (NAW) 17 to 23 October to #SupportAdoption.

NAW is all about raising awareness of the need for families for some of our most vulnerable children.

It also aims to encompass all aspects of adoption, to demystify and clarify the adoption process, reflect the challenges of adoptive...

Adopt SW prioritises search for adoptive families

Authored by Mary

Adopt South West prepares to re-launch its TV campaign this week with emphasis falling on encouraging those who would consider adopting ‘priority’ children to come forward.

The appeal comes as Somerset County Council joins the partnership alongside Barnardo’s, Devon County Council, and Families for Children, Plymouth City Council and Torbay Council, to promote adoption.


Are children too old for adoption at four?

Authored by Mary

As part of this year’s National Adoption Week (19 – 25 October) campaign, Adopt South West is asking people to consider adopting an older child as they pose the question “Too old at four?”

Due to the high demand for babies, older children waiting to be adopted are often likely to be over looked as well as those in sibling groups and children with disabilities.

During National...

Fresh hope for adoption

Authored by Mary

Children in the South West waiting to be adopted are to be found stable, loving homes more quickly, thanks to brand new online maps published today which will help would-be-adopters find the child to complete their forever family.

So far in 2014-15, 280 children in the South West have been placed in the permanent home they desperately needed, as a direct result of the government’s...

Extra adoption support for Plymouth families

Authored by Mary

Adoptive families in Plymouth now have access to the new Adoption Support Fund to help them settle their children into their new homes.

Many adopted children have experienced difficult and traumatic experiences before being placed with their forever family, which can prevent them from settling into their new home and can create difficulties at particular stages such as adolescence....

Devon children looking for homes

Authored by George Dawson

More than 150 children across Devon need adoptive families each year.

With a growing number of children coming into the care system than ever before, there has never been a more crucial time to find potential adopters.

Devon County Council, Plymouth City Council and Torbay Council are working together as part of National Adoption Week 2014 (3 November to 9 November) to...