This National Adoption Week the less-heard voices of those with experience of adoption are being championed and celebrated.
Adopted children and adults, adoptive parents, birth parents and the professionals who work to support them are being heard during National Adoption Week 2021 (Monday 18 October to Sunday 24 October).
An animated short film brings to life the stories of six people who have had their lives changed by adoption, including 19-year-old Tiegan* who was adopted at the age of four. Tiegan (not her real name), said: “Being adopted has been an incredibly positive experience for me. I love my adoptive mums and I have good relationships with many birth relatives, but it is important people don’t look at adoption with rose tinted glasses. Growing up would have been much easier for me if people had a better understanding of adoption and how this shaped me as a person.”
West Sussex County Council is part of Adoption South East, an agency that also includes the adoption services of Brighton & Hove, East Sussex and Surrey county councils.
Jacquie Russell, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “Adoption changes lives so it is so important that we listen to the children and adults who have real-life experience of the process and that we celebrate their many achievements.
“Working together as Adoption South East we support adoptive families and also find new forever homes for children who need them, so I would urge anyone considering adopting to get in touch.”
Suzanne Chambers, Head of Recruitment at Adoption South East, said: “Adoption South East is delighted to hear that a broad range of adoption experiences are being highlighted this year during National Adoption Week. We work hard to support adoptive families and people whose lives have been touched by adoption in different ways throughout the year, including enabling young people to stay in touch with important people they knew before they were adopted.
“Alongside this important work, we remain committed to helping children still in need of an adoptive family. Keeping siblings together and finding homes for children with additional needs and from BAME backgrounds is an ongoing priority, so we would be especially pleased to hear from anyone who would like to know more about the children we are currently family finding for.
“Please visit our Adoption South East website or call us on 0300 330 9470 for further information about how you could make a difference through adoption.”