Special Guardians and Adopters Together is a peer led and peer supported campaigning and awareness raising group.
We formed in August 2017, initially just for adopters. The decision to include special guardians came in October 2017. We could see that the issues which are impacting on us, as adopters, are also affecting special guardians and many birth families where children and young people have complex needs – families where extra support is needed. It made sense to work together with special guardians when we face such similar challenges, in a system that is divisive of birth families and adoptive families. This means we can learn from each other and start to dispel some of the myths that are perpetuated where there are divisions that can impede shared understanding.
As a group, SG&AT tries to provide a platform for people who wish to see positive social change for children who are brought up in second permanent families. We seek to enable all involved to be supported to create beneficial change, through engaging in research and dialogue in order to achieve shared understanding of the problems. The problems we deal with are so complex and we so much need to find ways to come together with researchers, professionals and experts. With so many caring people, adopters, special guardians, professionals and experts from a range of disciplines we hope to find better ways of minimising the trauma experienced by children and their families. We feel participation in sharing skills and knowledge to achieve this common goal probably needs better supportive structures to optimise success – in this difficult and complex task.
Special Guardians, and Adopters are more than welcome to join our group and we welcome any opportunity to work with those who work to try to support us, to develop services or to develop policies and legislation to help these services to be more beneficial and effective.
If you are interested in one of our articles please go to the ‘Our Voices, Our Stories’ page on the menu, where you will find all the articles we have published listed.
We are supporting several petitions:
Please click this link here to go to the 1989 Children’s Act Petition.
Please click this link here to go to the ‘lack of LAC’ Petition
Our children are our future, and loving families are the key to theirs, so we hope that all those working with children will wish to listen to us and work together with us.
If you are an Adopter, or Special Guardian, and would like to join our campaigning group, please click HERE to complete a membership form.
We are very grateful for public donations to help us cover expenses and running costs. You can donate using our Just Giving Page
If you are not an adopter or special guardian, and are interested in supporting us or working with us please complete this contact form