Special Guardians and Adopters Together is a peer led and peer supported campaigning and awareness raising group. Together we parent and care for some of the UK’s most vulnerable children and young people, who have often suffered multiple trauma and loss. We provide permanent families for children who cannot live with their birth parents and we are the only way a child can leave the care system before the age of 18.
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.
SG&AT is entirely pro adoption and special guardianship. We firmly believe in these forms of permanence because they provide a child with family, a sense of belonging and identity, and unconditional love.
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. Understanding the causes of problems has to be the starting point for developing solutions, and we are 100% a solution focused group. 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. We also welcome opportunities to work with journalists who can bring our stories and voices to a far wider audience than we can.
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 believe the voices of our children are vitally important to hear – but often, for various reasons, they cannot be heard and they rely on us to help. Here is a story from Jake, an adopted young person, who asks that you sign our 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.
A great deal of work has gone into our Surveys and Enquiry into EHC Plans. We really need your help and support to continue to do the work that we do! We are parents and carers first and foremost and many of us have had to leave our jobs and careers, give up work, or take on lower paid employment. Even though adoption and special guardianship are key policy interventions of the UK state, we get no public funding or support, and simply do not have the resources or capacity to put in for funding bids at the moment. We need to re-coup costs for this work as it is – Survey Monkey subscriptions, travel expenses to meet people. We ask that you kindly consider giving a small monthly donation, to help us – so that we can grow and create change together. £5 per month would be a great help.
If you are not an adopter or special guardian, and are interested in supporting us or working with us please complete this contact form