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Trauma can take a lifetime or even several lifetimes to heal from and this is an exciting time where we are just at the start of making important new scientific discoveries about epigenetic changes that may occur when there are traumas in a person’s early life. 

As a group, SG&AT tries to provide a platform for people to be heard who need anonymity and who wish to see positive change in permanence – a fairer more equitable system.

SG&AT formed in August 2017, initially just for adopters. We then joined forces with special guardians in October 2017.  Working together means we can learn from each other and start to dispel some of the myths that can so easily be fostered when communities don’t talk and become divided.

The problems we deal with are so complex and we so much need to find more ways to come together – with researchers, professionals and experts. With so many caring people, we hope to find better ways of minimising the trauma experienced by children and their families – and help them to heal.

We do feel that participation in sharing skills and knowledge to achieve this common goal probably needs better supportive structures to optimise success. It is such a difficult and complex task. Our way is through conducting lived experience research – asking questions that we feel need to be asked and answered about problems that are not always given the consideration they deserve.

We fully support adopters and special guardians who are ‘parenting from a distance’ children who could not safely be looked after in the permanence family home and we acknowledge the challenges they face in a system that does not properly recognise their value. It is a great shame the state does not seem to recognise how important it is that children do not feel rejected and alone when they can’t live with their family, for no fault of theirs (or ours).

Special Guardians, and Adopters are more than welcome to join our group and we welcome any opportunity to work with professionals and organisations to promote understanding.

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


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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. 

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If you are not an adopter or special guardian, and are interested in supporting us or working with us please complete this contact form