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 provide our children with a permanent family and take 8k out of the care system every year (this figure is based on DofE statistics for year end 2017). 

We formed in August 2017, initially just for adopters – but in reflecting on the serious problems we face, as permanent families in the UK context (see Beyond the Adoption Order), 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 voting process made it very clear indeed that the group wished to see a name that reflected the group represented the interests of Special Guardians as well as Adopters.

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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 and we do not see how any system can really work without involving service users and those it is designed to help.
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. 

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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We are entirely reliant on contributions and would be grateful for any donations through our just giving page

Please send us an email if you wish to offer support, or would like to work together with us – adopterstogether@gmail.com

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.


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