AFA Cymru was commissioned by the National Adoption Service to develop 4 Good Practice Guides in four key areas: Contact; Working with Birth Parents; Transitions and Early Support; and Adoption Support. We met with a wide range of service providers, adoption managers and practitioners, childcare managers, and sought information and feedback from birth and adoptive parents, foster carers, and young people themselves.
We are delighted to announce that all 4 guides are now complete, with fabulous illustrations by Jess Coldrick and can be accessed here:
As well as incorporating best practice examples from across Wales, the guides take into account the most up to date research and evidence available, including information from the Wales Cohort Study. We really hope that they will inform and support practitioners in what needs to happen at each stage of a child’s journey to adoption and post adoption, and ultimately make a positive difference to the lives of children and families.
These guides were formally launched at 2 online conferences in November. NAS and AFA are currently developing the 2nd tier of dissemination and implementation and will be delivering a number of webinar training events in 2021.
We really hope you will find the guides useful.