Members’ ebulletin – 16 August 2018

A word from Tor

Hopefully you and your family are enjoying the summer and all is going well. If you’ve got children heading to school in September, it’s worth being aware of the support that’s on offer. If you and your family live in England, then there’s information on the support available for adopted children on the First4Adoption website and for fostered children on the Fosterline website. If you live outside England then there’s some basic information on the NFS site as well.

With best wishes for the fortnight ahead

Tor Docherty, Chief Executive


Last call for camp

Time’s running out to join hundreds of other LGBT+ adopters, foster carers and their kids at the 2018 NFS summer camp.

It’s the perfect opportunity for adopted and fostered children being parented by LGBT+ people to see and spend time with other families that look like theirs.

As ever there’s a full range of activities on offer for children of all ages. Find out more on the camping listing!



Agency joins in Northern Ireland

We’re thrilled to announce that Foster Care Associates in Belfast has become the latest agency to join as a New Family Social member agency.


Reading pride

This year New Family Social has a stand at Reading Pride for the first time. From midday on 1 September we’ll have our own pitch, so please come along and say hi if you’re in the area. Check out the event listing for more information.



Pride in London evaluation

The organisers of Pride in London want your feedback if you attended any part of the event. Find out more on the Pride in London website.


Agency changes

It’s been announced that two of our member agencies – Barnardo’s and Adoptionplus – will work in partnership. Barnardo’s will merge its family placement service with Adoptionplus, which provides specialist placements and therapeutic support for vulnerable children and young people. This will enable Adoptionplus to expand its reach beyond the South East and Midlands while helping Barnardo’s family placement teams to develop their expertise in the field.

We’re also sad to report that member agency Family Care – based in Nottingham – will close at the end of this month. If your membership of NFS is affected by this Laurence from our team will contact you directly.


Going through the concurrent planning process as a single person

Vince – a single gay man – has shared his experience of going through the concurrent planning process.


Read it on the NFS site.



Published in NFS news on August 15, 2018