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Update on our services in the current Covid-19 pandemic

As restrictions due to Covid-19 ease, we hope everyone is continuing to keep safe and well. We recognise that the longer-term impact of the pandemic will continue to affect us all, especially children and their families. Our priority is to ensure that our children and families remain safe and are supported to recover from the negative impacts of the pandemic.

Please be assured that adoption services across Wales will continue to work within UK and Welsh Government and Public Health Wales guidelines, adapting as these change. Throughout the pandemic we have provided as many services as possible, even though some have been offered in a different way as a result of staff working remotely or from home. As restrictions have lifted and we all learn to live with Covid-19, some of those services will be offered face to face once more, while some will continue to be offered virtually, where this is advantageous.

Everybody’s safety and welfare continue to be our main priority. We will keep this page updated as and when there are any significant changes. Please bear with us as things continue to change.

Should you need specific parenting or adoption advice, Adoption UK’s Wales helpline is open. You can call on 02920 230319 or email wales@adoptionuk.org.uk. There is also advice, information and resources geared to the impact of Covid-19 here.

If you have any major health concerns regarding the Coronavirus, please also visit the NHS website.

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Life Journey Work Newsletter 2022

Life Journey Work is a vital part of the work that needs to be done with all children looked after, but especially those who are being adopted. NAS published its Life Journey Work Framework in 2018 and associated with this, brought together a wealth of resources in the form of a LJW toolkit, which is freely available on our website. This was the first such framework in the UK. The aim was to ensure that high quality Life Journey Work is undertaken at key points from when a child first becomes 'looked after', through to the time they join their adoptive family and beyond. There has been great progress made since that time, in ensuring that Life Journey materials are made available to children and their adoptive parents in a timely manner. Following the LJW Framework the first NAS Life Journey Work newsletter was published in January last year and the second one is now available. Further issues will be published annually, with each newsletter having a specific focus. This issue focuses on the Later Life Letter, but also has a great deal else, which will be of interest to anybody with an interest in adoption. 

Life Journey Work Newsletter 2022 

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The Welsh Adoption Support Commitment

The National Adoption Service Adoption Support Commitment outlines the support that all adoptive families in Wales can expect to be able to access at each stage of their adoption journey. It is part of a continuing drive to develop and improve the quality, consistency and range of adoption support services across Wales. The Commitment is the first document of its kind in the UK, and its ambition is to ensure adoptive families in Wales feel confident that information and support is available when needed, from professionals with specialist knowledge of adoption and children’s care needs. 
The National Adoption Service Adoption Support Commitment

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