Children’s charity and leading voluntary adoption agency, Adoption Matters, have held celebration events to commemorate adoption orders made during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Families from across the North of England, Wales, Stoke and Shropshire were invited to the events held in Warrington, Leeds, Blackburn and Durham.
Adoption celebration events usually take place after the court hearing that has granted an adoption order and the event involves adoptive families visiting the court and meeting the judge, who will then present a certificate and invite families and friends to take photos.
However unfortunately, these events were unable to take place during the pandemic, so the children’s charity wanted to offer something to the families who missed out on this celebration.
Just over 160 adoption orders were granted for Adoption Matters families during the Covid-19 pandemic (from March 2019 to early 2022) and they were all invited to attend.
The celebrations offered a variety of activities for families and children, marked with a commemorative tree planting. In Leeds, the children created a wishing line, writing or drawing their wishes for the future.
Adoption Matters Chief Executive, Susy White, commented: “Adoption celebration events are such an important event for adopters. Most families have their own ways of celebrating their adoption milestones each year, but we really wanted to offer our families who missed out on their court celebration events a special moment for them and their extended families and friends to celebrate together with our teams, who share in their joy of celebrating their families.”
For more information about Adoption Matters, please visit: www.adoptionmatters.org
Pictured above: Members of the North East Team pictured with the tree planted to commemorate the adoption orders made during the pandemic.
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The commemorative plaque, certificates and teddies given out to every family and the delicious cakes shared on the day at the North East event, the “Wishing Line” shared by children at the Leeds event and Adoption Matters Patron Norman Goodwin, CBE together with Adoption Matters CEO Susy White presenting a certificate to a child attending the Cheshire event.