Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Champions needed for National Adoption Week

Adoptive parents often say that they had never considered adoption until a chance conversation on the subject with a colleague, distant relative or neighbour. The power of seeing and hearing what an amazing thing adoption can be, from someone who has been through it, can be life changing. That’s why, as part of this year’s National Adoption Week, we are launching a new initiative to turn ordinary people in to ‘Adoption Champions’.


Adoption Champions is a national community involvement scheme that encourages adoptive parents and adopted people to go into their local communities and use their experience, passion and enthusiasm for adoption to encourage others to so the same. The initiative is the first of its kind in the sector and we hope that is will help find families for some of the 4000 children waiting for adoption every year in the UK.

An estimated one in four people have a connection to adoption so there is a real possibility of creating an army of literally hundreds of volunteers. Whether you are 18 or 80, if you have had a positive experience of adoption you could have the power to make a difference. You could be the one who helps find a child their ‘forever family’.

We have tried to make the Adoption Champions scheme as straight forward as possible by creating a range of tasks to help spread awareness. Some are simple, like putting up a poster or using social media networks; others are a bit more involved, such as organizing an Adoption Conversations event, but have the possibility to make the biggest impact.

A toolkit has been created to help our Champions in their work. This includes How-To guides, posters, balloons and leaflets. There is also a special social networking website for Adoption Champions where they can share tips and chat with other Champions across the UK. It’s free, its fun and most importantly it all helps children waiting for adoption.

Anyone over 18 with experience of adoption can sign up to the scheme from today. However we are encouraging people to hold off on doing their actions until National Adoption Week (1-7 Nov) so that we can all make a big noise together.

The Adoption Champions scheme is part of BAAF’s 30th anniversary celebrations which will also see a mass participation charity bike ride in September, called Cycle for Children, and a comedy gala in November.

To find out more about the Adoption Champions scheme, and how you can get involved, visit www.nationaladoptionweek.org.uk/champions

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