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Families for Children

November 9, 2011

Families for Children place children for adoption from throughout the UK, who have experienced loss and upheaval. They find for them stable, loving families in Devon, Dorset, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

They are special because they have a ‘forever’ policy of support and this means that they offer support to the child and new family for as long as they need it.

In the past 5 years the charity has homed over 200 children.

FFC are a Voluntary Adoption Agency providing a range of services including work with birth parents and post adoption work. Families for Children is well respected nationally, particularly for its expertise in placing ‘hard to place’ children, such as groups of siblings, older children, and children with complex special needs including disability, trauma and the effects of extreme abuse.

Their experienced and highly committed team of social workers recruit, prepare and assess adoptive parents, match them to children, and provide pre- and post-adoption support. They are one of the largest of the 36 Voluntary Adoption Agencies in the country. Over the years they have placed more children than any other Voluntary Agency – up to 40 children each year from all over the country with families in Devon, Dorset and Cornwall.

They believe that the best place for children to grow up is within their family of origin. Where this is not possible, they endeavour to find adoptive families for children who need them. They place a high value on offering these children and families ongoing support. They recognise the diverse society in which we live and, in the services they offer, seek to meet the complex needs of children, valuing and respecting their culture, identity and personal history.

Anyone can ask to be assessed as an adopter, regardless of marital status, disability, gender, religion or sexual orientation. What is important is that adopters are able to meet the needs of children, and provide a stable, loving home environment.

As a child care Agency, we see our service making a significant contribution to the Government ‘Every Child Matters’ agenda and its five outcomes – being healthy, staying safe, enjoying and achieving, making a positive contribution and achieving economic well being.The children we help are those whose start in life is such that almost all of them need intensive support, and often therapy, to come to terms with their past experiences. Because of our known expertise and issues of child safety, Local Authorities throughout the UK often choose to p

lace children (some in sibling groups) from violent and abusive backgrounds with us, rather than finding families within their own area. We work hard to find special prospective adoptive parents for these children and help them to have realistic expectations of their new family life once the child is placed.

Families for Children is delighted to have the support of two well-known local celebrities, Michael Caines MBE (Patron) and Judi Spiers (Vice Patron).

“Families for Children is a charity close to my heart, as I am myself adopted and benefited from growing up in a loving family. Adoption does work and gives a huge amount of benefit to the adoptee and parents alike.” – Michael Caines MBE

Other BNSW Member Charities:

Devon Air Ambulance

West of England School and College

St Loye’s Foundation

Headway Somerset

Jessie May Trust 

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