Posted: October 17, 2022
Adoption East Midlands and Derby City Council are proud to support National Adoption Week 2022 and urge people to come forward and consider adoption to help local children find their forever families.
This year, National Adoption Week focuses on the theme of identity. The “You Can Adopt” campaign will explore adoptees’ thoughts on their relationships before, during and after adoption, connect them to their heritage, and understand how it helped them develop a sense of who they were growing up. During the week, the campaign will challenge perceptions of modern adoption and show how important it can be for adoptees to be able to understand and feel connected to their past – often through physical memories such as letters, photographs or childhood toys and sometimes through meeting.
To mark the week, “You Can Adopt” released a short film exploring the relationships and memories of four adoptees, as they look back through their own “memory boxes” and memories of their lives before and after. after their adoption, which helped them develop and impact their sense of identity. adoptive parents.
The national ‘You Can Adopt’ survey also found that 80% of people in the East Midlands say their identity is shaped by connections made throughout their lives, and over 72% say it is shaped by an understanding of their family history. . Adoptees are no different, and many factors play a role in the influence they are today – including special memories with foster families and friends, contact with birth parents, knowledge of their family history and the relationships formed with their adoptive families.
Shelagh Mitchell, Group Manager, Adoption East Midlands, said:
This National Adoption Week, we urge people to learn more about adoption. Finding the right adoptive family for children improves their chances in life and we want every child to be in a loving and stable home.
We want people to come forward and learn about adoption so that local youth can find their forever family. Adoption East Midlands provides ongoing support, as well as a wealth of information and training to adopters, as part of the ongoing journeys of those who have been adopted.
I encourage anyone considering adoption to come to one of our information events or Q&A sessions to learn more, have a casual chat, and hear from others who have adopted with us.
Councilor Evonne Williams, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Skills, said:
We are extremely proud to support this campaign this National Adoption Week. Adopting a child ensures that the young person has a loving and stable home with parents who will be by their side through good times and bad. I urge people to take the first step and speak to the dedicated team.
Sarah Johal, National Adoption Recruitment Steering Group Member and National Adoption Strategy Lead, said:
It is very important that adoptees know their own history, their family and where they come from. Having ongoing relationships where it is safe and appropriate is ideal, but if this is not the case, it is important that adoptees have information, stories and memories as connections to their past can really help children. as they grow to develop a positive sense of identity and emotions. welfare.”
National Adoption Week highlights the evolution of modern adoption with the goal of helping adoptees learn more about their family history. This may include the ability to stay in touch with biological family members or friends (when safe and supported) and encouraging access to higher quality information through books. life stories and later life letters.
In fact, nine out of 10 prospective adopters would consider contact with their biological parents, while 78% of adoptees felt that connecting directly with biological family members would have helped them better understand their life story and their identity, according to the Adoption Barometer, published by Adoption UK.
However, the You Can Adopt campaign also recognizes that identity, especially for adoptees, can be a lifelong journey and is constantly changing. Although not all adoptees have childhood memories or the opportunity to have contact with people in their life before adoption, modern adoption encourages access to a range of quality information.. In the meantime, many adopters today make it a priority to help their children understand and develop their identity.
Adoption East Midlands offers excellent support packages for its adoptive families, including support from a social worker during the assessment process and after; an activity program for children and young people; and continuous training and development.
Information events and virtual Q&A sessions are a great way to learn more, have a casual conversation, and hear from others who have adopted with us. The next dates are Wednesday, October 26 and Friday, November 4, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
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