Special Guardians and Adopters Together is a peer led and peer supported campaigning group. Together we parent and care for some of the UK’s most traumatised and vulnerable children and young people.
We formed in August 2017, initially just for adopters – but in reflecting on the problems we face, as permanent families in the UK context, it began to make sense to include special guardians, who face many similar issues. The decision to include Special Guardians in our group and work together with them was taken at the end of October 2017. We changed our name to Special Guardians and Adopters Together at the end of February 2018 after a decisive vote.
Our group’s aim is to promote better understanding of the needs of our children and families in order to effect positive change and safeguard permanence. We would like to be part of the dialogue about change. Ultimately, we all want the same thing – the very best of outcomes for our children and very best of futures for them – we feel it is important to work together to achieve this.
In our group everyone is welcome, every voice counts and everyone’s story is important. We hope many Special Guardians and Adopters will wish to join with us to try to achieve positive change.
We are entirely reliant on contributions and would be grateful for any donations, which can be made through our just giving page. We are currently raising money to complete our survey on the stress and wellbeing of adopters and special guardians. We have completed an interim report but require assistance to finish the project – we are time poor, overstretched parents and carers and we bit off more than we could chew! If you are a researcher and feel you could help us please do get in touch, we would love to hear from you.
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.
If you are not an adopter or special guardian, and are interested in supporting us or working with us please complete this contact form