On Tuesday 8th November 2012, Wales’ country’s longest-serving adoption agency, St David’s Children Society, was awarded as one of top three adoption services in the UK by the British Association of Adoption and Fostering (BAAF).
The award, held in London, was hosted by the BBC’s Nicky Campbell. It was launched to commemorate the 15th anniversary of National Adoption Week and celebrate the best of adoption practice across the UK.
Commenting on the award, Gerry Cooney, chief officer of St. David’s said, “This award is a testament to the professionalism and dedication of our staff. It recognises the high quality of our adoption service, but more importantly, this award should inspire confidence in families who are thinking about adoption. It is imperative that all families considering adoption receive services of the highest quality. This award assures families that they can trust St. David’s for outstanding services.”
The award came on the day that St David’s announced a long-term partnership with Adoption UK which is being heralded as the ‘gold standard’ in adoption support, providing services for adoptive families from the first enquiry about becoming an adopter right through to the adopted child reaching adulthood.
Commenting on the partnership, Gwenda Thomas, Deputy Minister for Children and Social Services said: “This kind of partnership working and peer-to-peer support is a great example of how new approaches can be found to share experience and improve the adoption process.”