Children’s charity and leading voluntary adoption agency, Adoption Matters based in the North East, have held celebration events to commemorate adoption orders made during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Families from across the North of England, Stoke and Shropshire were invited to the events held in Warrington, Leeds, Blackburn and Durham. Adoption celebration events usually take place after the court hearing that has granted an adoption order and the event involves adoptive families visiting the court and meeting the judge, who will then present a certificate and invite families and friends to take photos. However unfortunately, these events were unable to take place during the pandemic, so the children’s charity wanted to offer something to the families who missed out on this celebration. Just over 160 adoption orders were granted for Adoption Matters families during the Covid-19 pandemic (from March 2019 to early 2022) and they were all invited to attend. The celebrations offered a variety of activities for families and children, marked with a commemorative tree planting. In Durham, the newly planted tree will sit alongside a tree that was planted for their centenary celebrations marking the very first adoption made by the charity. Adoption Matters Chief Executive, Susy White, commented: “Adoption celebration events are such an important event for adopters. Most families have their own ways of celebrating their adoption milestones each year, but we really wanted to offer our families who missed out on their court celebration events a special moment for them and their extended families and friends to celebrate together with our teams, who share in their joy of celebrating their families." For more information about Adoption Matters, please visit: www.adoptionmatters.org
About Adoption Matters
Adoption Matters is a children’s charity and one of the largest voluntary adoption agencies in the UK and the only adoption agency in the North of England to be rated Outstanding by Ofsted 4 times in a row. The charity has been finding permanent, loving families for children since 1947 and offers ongoing training and support to adopter families, birth families and adopted adults. The charity covers the whole of the North of England, North Wales, Stoke, Staffordshire, Shropshire and parts of Wales.