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SFCS celebrates National Adoption Week 2018

October 12, 2018

It seems impossible, but National Adoption Week begins on Monday!  Like many other agencies in the UK, SFCS is ready for a week of activity, aiming to raise the profile of adoption and the difference it can make to vulnerable children in care.

National Adoption Week 2018 takes place between Monday 15th – Sunday 21st October, and this year the focus is on the adopter.  The campaign will highlight the qualities and attributes that make a great adopter and the joys and challenges adoptive families face.

In England, children awaiting adoption outnumber potential adopters by nearly 3:1, meaning there is a national shortage of adopters to meet the needs of these vulnerable children. In the East of England region, that number increases, with children outnumbering adopters by nearly 4:1. Our campaign will highlight what it takes to be a good adopter and encourage more people to consider whether they could adopt a vulnerable child.

We will be running an online campaign throughout the week via our Facebook and Twitter pages. We will be sharing real stories, advice from real adopters and a number of films which highlight what it takes to be a good adoptive parent. We will also be busting some of the myths that surround adoption.

Parents who have adopted through SFCS are warmly invited to a special coffee morning during the week. As well as providing an opportunity to meet with fellow adopters, we will also be discussing sensory integration and there’ll be an opportunity to try out some sensory toys and equipment.  Please email enquiries@sfcs.org.uk if you adopted through SFCS and would like more details.

We’ll also be offering potential adopters loads of opportunities to come and meet us and find out more about adoption.  On Wednesday 17th October, we will be hosting not one but two information events – a Lunchtime Drop-In and a more structured evening event.  And if work and family commitments prevent people attending those events, we will also be opening our doors between 10.30am and 12 noon for a Saturday event on 20th October.

As always, it will be a busy week for adoption agencies across the country, and you can support our campaign by simply liking, sharing and retweeting anything you see on our website, Facebook page and Twitter feed.

Thank you so much for your support – we look forward to sharing National Adoption Week 2018 with you!

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