May 08, 2015
It hardly seems possible, but a year ago today we officially opened the doors to our brand new, purpose-built Family Centre.
Around 70 people joined us for the official opening, including adoptive families, representatives of local authorities and other adoption services, SFCS fundraisers and donors, and the local mayor.
The Centre was officially opened by 5 children who themselves were adopted through SFCS. Ranging from 5 to 18 years old, Lois, Sheneka, John, Sean and Demi all joined together to ‘cut the ribbon’. And a special cake was cut by Kalista and Alex, who were also adopted through SFCS.
At the time, Alison Miller, CEO of SFCS, said: ‘Significant numbers of children in care come from complex backgrounds and have had traumatic experiences; some of these children need specialised support in order to settle and thrive throughout their developing life. After almost a year of building and fundraising, we are delighted to open our fantastic Family Centre, which will greatly enhance our already extensive support services for adopted children and their families.’
And this has indeed been true. During the past twelve months, the Centre has been used extensively for a wide range of adoption support activities – adopter training, one-to-one therapy, adopter coffee mornings, young people’s groups and major family social events. It’s been a good year!