Adoption UK’s Children and Young People Service
Connected is the name of Adoption UK’s Children and Young People Service in Wales. We run bespoke monthly sessions for adopted children age 7- 10 and young people age 11 – 25 years old.
Our monthly groups aim to improve children and young peoples’ self-confidence, build self-esteem and reduce the sense of isolation which some adopted children experience while also developing life skills. We achieve this by offering a range of activities such as art, drama, circus skills, healthy eating/cooking and music sessions to name but a few.
As well as fun and creative activities, the young people age 11- 25 years old are also offered the opportunity to help produce material for their peers; to speak to professionals and prospective adopters about their experiences as adopted people and to have their voices and opinions heard by wider society.
Some youth clubs and activity groups may cause anxiety and stress for some adopted people due to them involving large numbers for example or staff and venues continually changing. There can also be excessive noise levels and/or pressure on them to perform. Connected is different as we ensure our groups focus on creating a sense of safety. We do this by keeping staff and venues as constant as we can; staff are trained to understand and support the needs of adopted children in the group environment, so they feel safe and supported to build relationships with staff and their peers.
We work in close collaboration with The National Adoption Service in Wales and the Regional adoption services to support young people and to facilitate young people to influence and develop future services.
Our monthly sessions are currently offered in Carmarthen, Swansea and Cardiff. However, we are developing groups in other areas including Brecon, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and South East Wales and we hope over time groups will become available across Wales to meet demand.
If you are interested in joining our existing groups, would like to express interest in a group starting in your area, or would like more information please complete the Enquiry Form on our website www.adoptionuk.org/cyps-cymru and send to firstname.lastname@example.org