Tag Archives: adoption

New Regional Adoption Agency will reduce waiting times for children awaiting adoption

Local authority adoption services in Devon, Plymouth, Torbay and Somerset are joining forces to become a single regional adoption service, under the banner Adopt South West. The move, required by the Government, is expected to improve the adoption process; making it simpler for adoptive parents, and quicker so children awaiting adoption are waiting less time. […]

Taunton Town FC supports Fostering and Adoption in Somerset

Taunton Town Football Club and Fostering and Adoption in Somerset joined forces on Saturday 21 October, for an afternoon of family fun and awareness-raising. Sparky the fostering and adoption mascot and Taunton Town’s mascot Wordsworth had a penalty shoot-out at the match, which Sparky won 3-2. Sparky and the fostering and adoption team were greeted […]

Quilters have a heart for children in care

A Yeovil Quilting Circle handed over a specially created a heart themed quilt for ‘National Adoption Week’ and young children in care this week. Somerset County Council launched a ‘have a heart’ campaign on 16 October to raise awareness of the number of children waiting to be adopted and Vivien Bateman, Barbie Dormer and Gill […]

National Adoption Week comes to Somerset

‘National Adoption Week’ launches on 16 October to raise awareness of the number of children waiting to be adopted. Somerset County Council has launched a ‘have a heart’ campaign to encourage people to either consider adopting a child or to help spread the word about the urgent need for more adopters. Many people in Somerset […]

‘Have a heart’ for Children in Care

Somerset Children in Care have helped kick-start a ‘Have a Heart’ campaign in the lead up to National Adoption Week to raise awareness of the number of children waiting to be adopted. ‘National Adoption Week’ launches on 16 October and encourages people to consider adopting a child or to help spread the word about the […]

Thank you for showing some heart!

Public figures, sports people, musicians, groups, organisations and Somerset County Council staff all showed their hearts to support adoption in Somerset to mark National Adoption Week (17-23 October). Cllr Frances Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Children and Families, said: “Thank you to everyone who got involved and supported adoption in Somerset last week. The response has […]

“Rosie is a blessing”

A primary school teacher who adopted her daughter through a child-centred initiative is advocating the scheme to people wishing to adopt in Somerset, during National Adoption Week (17-23 October). Suzie, a 49-year-old single mum from Shepton Mallet, became Rosie’s adoptive mum earlier this year through the Fostering for Adoption initiative. Last month 31 children in […]


Could you parent a vulnerable child? Adopt South West launches its appeal for National Adoption Week 2016

National Adoption Week 2016 kicks off on Monday 17 October with this year’s South West campaign focusing on the needs of individual children currently waiting to be adopted. Adopt South West is highlighting the fact that there are children waiting to be adopted in Devon and Somerset, and all partner agencies are looking to assess […]

Show some heart for National Adoption Week!

Adoption in Somerset is calling people across the county to support adopted children this National Adoption Week (17-23 October) by wearing a heart on Friday 21 October. Somerset County Council is highlighting the growing need for adopters by encouraging people to photograph themselves wearing a heart to show their support for adoption. People can then […]

Interested in Adoption? Log on for our special Facebook Q&A event!

Would you consider caring for a child where adoption is likely, but not certain? Could you contemplate adopting a child aged 3+? A disabled child? Or siblings? If you said yes to any of the above, join us for a special Facebook Q&A event this July – from the comfort of your own home. Anyone […]