Minister for Children and Families, Edward Timpson, visits First4Adoption to launch new web resource

24 February 2015

Adoptables with Edward Timpson MP

Today the Minister for Children and Families, Edward Timpson, visited First4Adoption to meet the team and talk with young adopted people who have created a new online resource for First4Adoption’s website.

The young people are members of a group called The Adoptables, a national network of teenage and twenty-something adoptees managed by children’s charity Coram. The Adoptables provides a platform for its members to express their views and  insights about what it means to be a young adoptee. As its first project the group has produced a list of “Top 10 Tips” for adopters now available on the First4Adoption website.

Gemma Gordon-Johnson, Head of Service at First4Adoption said; “As an award winning provider of information for people thinking about adopting, it made total sense for First4Adoption to invite the Adoptables to produce some information for our website.  These “Top Ten Tips” for prospective adopters give a unique and valuable perspective on a range of issues affecting adoptees – including communicating with birth families and how best to tell a child that she or he is adopted.”

Edward Timpson, Minister for Children and Families, who grew up with two adopted brothers said:

“Every child deserves a stable, loving home and there remain lots of children out there who need families. There’s no one better to provide valuable nuggets of information and tips for prospective adoptive parents than children who’ve been adopted themselves. I’d urge anyone who’s considering adoption to contact First4Adoption and take their first step towards the challenge – and joy – of being an adoptive parent.”

There will be an opportunity for young adoptees in London aged 13-25 to join the Adoptables network by attending a workshop in April at Coram’s Campus in Bloomsbury.  Additional regional workshops will be announced shortly. For timings, to register or to find out more, please contact, tel 07984289062.

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