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National Adoption Week 2022

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National Adoption Week 2022 begins on Monday, October 17, 2022, with the goal of educating and informing people about the process of modern adoption today, with a rounded, honest, and inclusive portrayal of the journey - showcasing the highs and lows and championing all the voices involved in the process that are often less heard. Adopted children, adopted adults, adoptive parents, birth parents, and the adoption and social care workforce all contribute to placing children in loving permanent homes.

This National Adoption Week, show your support for individuals who have been impacted.

Identity, particularly for adopted people, is likely to be a life-long journey that evolves in response to new information, experiences, and relationships. While not every adopted person has a memento from their childhood, modern adoption encourages access to a variety of quality information. Many adoptive parents today prioritise assisting their children in understanding and developing their identities.
This National Adoption week recognises that not all adopted people will have access to knowledge about their lives before adoption, how difficult that must be, and how it might bring identity issues to the forefront. This year's National Adoption Week aims to start talks and provide adopted children with greater knowledge in the future.

It Is Significant For Adopted People To Feel Attached To Their History

  • When it is safe to do so, modern adoption recognises the need for children to have links to their past.
  • While not every adopted person has mementoes from their childhood, modern adoption encourages access to a variety of quality information.
  • According to a new survey, six out of ten Brits keep a memory box or equivalents. One in every four persons keeps these artefacts because they help them understand who they are and where they came from and adopted people are no exception.
  • For adopted people to understand their identity, ongoing ties with biological family or friends (when safe and encouraged) can be helpful.
  • Many adoptive parents today prioritise assisting their children in understanding and developing their identities.

The Adoption Support Fund

The Adoption Support Fund (ASF) has also been established to enable families to access the services they need more easily. The amount allocated per child per year is £5,000 for therapy, plus an additional amount of up to £2,500 per child for special assessments. Adoptive parents are also recommended to contact their local adoption agency for assistance in obtaining the Adoption Support Fund.

Complete Clarity Can Help Guide And Assist Adoptive Parents

Here at Complete Clarity, we have helped a wide range of clients through adoption, including unmarried couples, same-sex couples, and single-person adoptions. Adoptions have changed over the years and modern adoption recognises the need for children to have connections with their past, where it is safe to do so. More often than not children are now adopted after being in care for some time.  

Our specialist family solicitors can help guide and assist adoptive parents through the legal process, including making your application to Court and advising you on your rights and responsibilities once an adoption order is put in place. This can often be a difficult transition, but with a positive outcome.  If you are thinking about adoption, please get in touch with our team for a free consultation.  

Shannon Gaughan - Senior Solicitor and Team Leader
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