Welsh Government awards a grant to the National Adoption Service for Wales (NAS) to support the implementation of the framework for adoption support services.
The announcement arrives during National Adoption Week which this year aims to encompass all aspects of adoption inviting anyone whose life or heart is touched by it to #SupportAdoption.
Becoming a parent is rewarding, fulfilling and fun, but sometimes tiring and demanding. Some adopted children may have additional needs and many adoptive families benefit from some help and advice at different stages in their family life.
On hearing the news Suzanne Griffiths, Director of Operations for NAS said:
“The National Adoption Service has produced a ‘Framework for Adoption Support’. This includes an action plan to improve how adoption support is delivered in Wales. We are delighted that the Welsh Government has awarded us a development grant to take forward this key area of adoption work. This will allow us to undertake detailed mapping of the needs, costs and next steps required.
“I am particularly pleased that the grant will provide the resources to support some specific work strands including development of a different approach to life-journey work and revising how adoption support assessments are undertaken. These are the areas that adopters and adopted young people told us should be our priorities.
“We've worked closely with young adopted people and will develop this further to ensure that age appropriate information is available for adopted children and young people in ways that they wish to receive it.”
Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children, Carl Sargeant said: “I am pleased to be able to provide the NAS with this grant payment of £90,000 for them to be able to take forward and implement new and existing project schemes into 2016-17.
“This funding will go towards four projects which all contribute in different ways to support better adoption services in Wales and will also help meet some of the recommendations made by the Children, Young People and Education Committee in the last Assembly.”