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Response to Coronavirus Pandemic – UPDATED

March 26, 2020

Following advice issued by the UK government, SFCS have made some changes to the way we operate for the time being, to protect our staff and all the clients, adopters and families we work with. Please be assured, we are still welcoming new adoption enquiries and providing high-quality services and support to all of our […]


Resources for adoptive families during the Coronavirus outbreak

March 20, 2020

Coronavirus is now having an impact on everyone in the UK, and we are all being asked to make dramatic changes to the way we live our lives for the time being. Schools, businesses, and social events are closing their doors to help prevent the spread of the virus. We know that social distancing and […]


REAL ADOPTION STORY: Jo & Alex

March 04, 2020

Jo and Alex* are a trans couple. They adopted their daughter with the help of SFCS in 2018. We are delighted that they’ve agreed to share their story with us for LGBT+ Adoption & Fostering Week 2020. *All names have been changed for reasons of confidentiality   Since the early days of our relationship, we […]


LGBT+ Adoption & Fostering Week

February 24, 2020

LGBT+ Adoption & Fostering Week begins on Monday 2nd March! More LGBT+ adopters are needed to provide loving, stable homes for vulnerable children in our region. 1 in 7 adoptions in England in 2019 were to same-sex couples, but more than 3,000 children in the UK are still awaiting adoption. LGBT+ Adoption & Fostering Week […]


Cost-free ways to support SFCS

February 10, 2020

Did you know, there are several ways you can support SFCS for free? As a registered charity, SFCS relies on donations and fundraising efforts to provide support services to our families. Recruiting adopters requires time and resources. Assessing and preparing a family for adoption takes many hours of social work time, then there’s the support services we […]


REAL ADOPTION STORY: Helen, Rob & Dylan

January 31, 2020

Helen and Rob* became parents in 2018, when they adopted their son Dylan* with the help of SFCS. We’re so grateful to them for sharing their adoption story… * Names have been changed for reasons of confidentiality   Our journey to having a family was not as smooth as we had always assumed it would […]


Booking now open for SFCS Annual Conference!

January 23, 2020

We are delighted to announce that we are now taking bookings for the SFCS Annual Conference 2020. The conference is entitled Siblings: Parenting, Managing and Supporting Families, and our guest speakers for the day are Denise Golding and Zach Gomm. Denise and Zach are certified instructors of The Great Behavior Breakdown by Bryan Post.  Their Live Life and […]


Government issues new adoption advice to councils

January 17, 2020

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson and Children & Families Minister Michelle Donelan have urged local councils not to shy away from recommending adoption for vulnerable children who are in care. There has been a drop in the number of assessments recommending adoption, and councils have been asked to review their practices to ensure that vulnerable young […]


Pupil Premium for adopted children

January 03, 2020

As the new year begins and children prepare to return to school, we’d like to take this opportunity to remind our adopters that they can claim the Pupil Premium allowance for their school-age children. Children in state-funded education in England who were adopted from care in England and Wales, or who left care under a Special […]


Christmas opening hours

December 16, 2019

The SFCS office will close for the Christmas break at 4.30pm on Friday 20th December, and will re-open at 9am on Thursday 2nd January 2020. If you call the office during this period, you will hear the answerphone, and you are more than welcome to leave a message.  A duty social worker will be picking […]