Minister for Children and Families, Edward Timpson, visits adoption information service
Published: Tuesday 24th February 2015
On Tuesday 24 February, the Minister for Children and Families, Edward Timpson, visited national adoption information service First4Adoption. As well as meeting the team who answer telephone enquiries, the Minister also met a group of young adopted people who have created a new area of First4Adoption’s website aimed at people thinking about adoption.
The young people are ambassadors of The Adoptables initiative developed by children’s charity Coram. A peer network, The Adoptables is helping young people to express their experiences as adopted children at home, in school and in social care.
Since its launch in 2013, First4Adoption has helped over 300,000 people start their adoption journey. The quality of its website and online information recently won the service the accolade Digital Champion of the Year awarded by the British Association of Adoption and Fostering during National Adoption Week.
Gemma Gordon-Johnson from First4Adoption said;
“As an award winning provider of information to people thinking about adopting, it made total sense for First4Adoption to ask the young participants of The Adoptables to produce some information for our website. Their “Top Ten Tips” for prospective adopters give the young people’s perspective on a range of issues including the value of adoption and how best to tell a child that she or he is adopted.”
Timpson, Minister for Children and Families, who grew up with two adopted brothers said:
“Every child deserves a stable, loving home and there remain lots of children out there who need families. There’s no one better to provide valuable nuggets of information and tips for prospective adoptive parents than children who’ve been adopted themselves. I’d urge anyone who’s considering adoption to contact First4Adoption and take their first step towards the challenge – and joy – of being an adoptive parent.”
There will be an opportunity for young adoptees in London aged 13-25 to join the Adoptables network by attending a workshop being held on Saturday 11th April 2015 at Coram’s Campus in Bloomsbury. Additional regional workshops will be announced shortly. For timings, to register or to find out more please contact Erina.Naluwaga@coram.org.uk, tel 07984289062.