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.
It is important that we take this opportunity to recognise and celebrate the improvement that has already taken place, however, we are not complacent about the need for continued improvement to adoption and support services over the next year for children, young people, and their adoptive parents. NAS will continue to work on understanding adoptive parents, children and young people’s priorities for support – particularly during the transition into adulthood. We will also continue to provide:
• Support, training, and guidance for adoptive parents
• Social, emotional, and mental health support
• Adoption ‘aware’ training for education professionals
• Sensitive and timely life journey support
Suzanne Griffiths, Director of National Adoption Service