AFA Scotland and Adoption UK Scotland were again responsible for organising Adoption Week Scotland running from Monday 19th to Saturday 24th November, and were delighted with the success of the programme. The attendance of the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, at the opening conference gave a really positive message about the Scottish Government’s recognition of the importance of adoption and helped ensure a high level of interest throughout the week. Linking to the fact that 2018 was designated the Year of Young People, the theme for the week was hearing the voice of adopted young people. A group, supported by Scottish Adoption and St Andrew’s Children’s Society, set up the Adopted Voices project and have worked together for 18 months talking about their own experiences and working out how to have their views and ideas heard by parents, professionals and policy makers. Their production of a superb video, organisation of the conference programme and powerful presentations on the day proved to be an excellent way of highlighting both the positives and the challenges of adoption and the clear implications for the way practice and policy should develop.
Two family events and four information events were held in different parts of the country during the course of the week with Maree Todd, the Minister for Children and Young people attending the last of these in Musselburgh.
It was particularly encouraging to see the amount of activity organised by other agencies to coincide with the week’s main events. AFA Scotland and Adoption UK will be running Adoption Week Scotland again next year, so while memories of this year’s programme are still fresh in the mind please do get in touch to share your ideas about how we can ensure the week has the maximum impact right across the country.