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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 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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We are keen to hear about your experiences of using Link Maker as part of Adoption Register Wales (ARW) and would be grateful if you could spare a couple of minutes of your time to complete a short survey.

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Barnardo’s Cymru Adoption Practice Manager

Are you a qualified social worker? Are you a manager or have aspirations in becoming a manager? We are looking for someone with experience of adoption to lead our excellent team of adoption staff. This an exciting opportunity to grow and develop the service further, making a real difference to those affected by adoption.

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The National Adoption Service Annual Report for 2020/21

I am very pleased to provide you with a copy of the 2020/21 Annual Report of the National Adoption Service for Wales (NAS).

It goes without saying that 2020/21 wasn’t the year we’d expected.  Like all services in March 2020, we needed to adapt quickly whilst absorbing the shock and uncertainty the pandemic had created.

However, we continued to deliver adoption services across Wales thanks to the tremendous efforts and adaptability of everyone involved.

We recognise with immense admiration and gratitude to all:

• Adopters and foster carers
• Staff, whatever their role
• Adopter Champions 

for their ongoing support.

I hope you enjoy the report.

Suzanne Griffiths

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An Adoption Shortlist: August 2021

Adoption can sometimes be an emotional path to navigate, regardless of the circumstances in which you are doing it. Everyone has their own unique experienceluckily, many people are willing to share theirs, as well as many tips and tricks they’ve picked up along the way.

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AUK Barometer

The AUK Barometer report paints a very positive picture for Wales. It’s great to see such strong engagement from Welsh adopters and positivity around the adoption conversation - with 80% of responders from Wales were likely to encourage others to adopt and 83% feeling optimistic about the future. The findings are a vote of confidence – reiterating the importance of the work we are doing and the necessity to keep it up. 

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Adopters demand formal apology for forced adoption – NAS statement

In light of the stories that women have shared of adoption from 50 years ago, we want to express our deepest sympathies ​for the distress endured by all women affected.  We cannot change what happened in the past and the injustice of historical practices should be acknowledged.  Adoption has changed significantly since that time and is now considered for children only when other options have been fully explored​.  Services aim to help birth families to stay together wherever that is possible and where this is not, adoption provides children with safety and the opportunity to thrive. If you’re an adopted adult and if you’ve been affected by the recent news stories and you would like further information or support from us, please visit our website and search for adoption support. – Suzanne Griffiths, Director of National Adoption Service

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National Adoption Service report on Adoption Support in Wales

We are pleased to publish this report on research completed for NAS by the Institute of Public Care at Oxford Brooks University.

The findings are drawn from activity undertaken in October and November 2020.  Overall, the study heard from over 430 individuals concerned with adoption support in Wales, including 313 adoptive parents. 

The report provides a reassuring picture of improvements in the availability of adoption support in Wales, increased positivity amongst adoptive families in asking for and receiving support as well as describing additional and innovative new services. The study also provides significant insight into the current needs of adoptive families alongside noting the further work needed to create consistent and sustainable services.

The report will continue to act as a blueprint for maintaining the improved arrangements and future development. The findings align with a growing body of research that indicates how the needs of adopted children are more akin to children who are ‘looked after’ than other children in relation to their higher emotional, health and wellbeing needs. The full report can be read here.

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