“Who am I? Where is my place in the World?”
Adoption Focus is a friendly, dedicated and experienced adoption agency, helping Children find their new forever homes in Birmingham and the surrounding areas. They believe all children should have a loving and stable family home, and work with individuals, couples and families from all kinds of backgrounds to achieve this for children who need to be adopted.
What is Adoption Focus?
Adoption Focus is committed to providing excellent post-adoption support for all of their adoptive families. They have a dedicated adoption support team available to respond to any queries or problems and to give advice, expertise, training and support. Their current project builds on their teen and tween groups. These groups bring pre-teen and teenagers together as a means of support and acceptance, currently meeting six times a year. It offers young people the opportunity to have fun undertaking activities together, making new friends, developing social skills and confidence, as well as discussing issues regarding adoption. They also want to set up an annual activity and event timetable so that young people and parents can plan for attendance.
Adopted children will have experienced loss and trauma. Often, these experiences can lead children to have “hidden disabilities” such as attachment difficulties and poor self-worth. This means that accessing mainstream provisions can be hard for some children.
Research has shown that bringing adopted teens together – sometimes with their parents/carers, sometimes just with their peers – can have a huge impact on self-esteem, mental stability and life chances. The Teen Group aims to be a mutually supportive group for young people, which will enhance family relationships by enabling young people to develop their personal and social skills. From its formation, the foundation of the group has been to ensure young people are its heart.
If successful, what will you use your LoveBrum funding for?
£2000 will help with the expansion of the teen and tween support groups over the next year – through their project, they will be able to assist adopted young people to connect to cultural, ethnic and spiritual activities that reflect their cultural, racial, and religious backgrounds. It will also provide opportunities to interact with other adopted teens and young adults. This can help make the adoptive experience and identity seem more normal. Access to groups and activities involving other adopted teens can help with many issues faced by adopted young people, including identity issues, as Adopted teens find peer support especially helpful in forming their own identities.
Where can people go to find out more about Adoption Focus?
Mandi Hine, Fundraising Lead