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SFCS celebrates 150 years!

October 09, 2019

This weekend, SFCS held a special party to celebrate its 150th anniversary.  Over 100 people filled our Family Centre, including 37 children. It was wonderful to see so many of our families there.

Ark Farm were with us throughout the afternoon, and brought some special farmyard visitors to meet the children. We were also joined by a face painter and a local balloon artist, who was available to create any balloon masterpiece the children desired!

Children also took part in some pebble painting, other arts and crafts and enjoyed some games in the garden.

Our Chair of Trustees, John Wallace, shared some of SFCS’s history and Alison Miller, our CEO, reflected on the number of new families we’ve created over the years. Then our special celebration cake was cut. More photographs of the day will be shared on Facebook later this week, so do keep an eye on our page.

Special thanks go to Michelle Goode and her family, who made the cake and catered for the whole event with delicious sweet and savoury items.

SFCS’s history dates back 150 years to 1869, when Queen Victoria was on the throne, the Cutty Sark took its maiden voyage, and the first Sainsbury’s store opened on Drury Lane in London!  SFCS officially registered as an adoption agency in 1982, and since then we have created hundreds of new families through adoption.  Between 2010 and the end of the 2018-19 financial year, we placed 252 children with 187 families, and approved 210 adoptive families.

Today, SFCS offers a wide range of services to support anyone whose life has been touched by adoption.  We welcome all kinds of adopters for all kinds of children, regardless of age, race, cultural background, religion, marital status or sexual orientation. Our priority remains the security, wellbeing and happiness of the many children from Local Authority care that we place with adoptive families each year.

Thank you to all the families, staff, trustees and supporters who joined us on Saturday to make the celebration so special. Here’s to the next 150 years!

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