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Are your kids getting nervous or excited about going back to school in June? Some are getting anxious ...

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1 in 7 adoptions in England in 2019 were to same-sex couples. But LGBT+ applicants still have an expectation of discrimination. 

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A word from...... James Lawrence, Head of Communications & Engagement

Back to school seems a long way off for those of us in England and Wales, but our members in Scotland will see their children returning to school during this week, for the new academic year. Scottish schools have introduced enhanced health and safety measures that follow the current public health and government guidance, to help protect against coronavirus infection.

For all children the start of a new school year is unsettling; old routines have to be reintroduced to accommodate school start times, there's often new teachers to meet and higher responsibilities to take on with a rise to the next school year group. Looked-after children can find this time particularly challenging - many feel safest when the boundaries are known and accepted, so if your child is able to go into the school to find their feet a few days before the full year returns, that may help. Similarly, some adopted or foster children may benefit from agreeing where their seats are in advance with their tutors, so that that uncertainty is removed and the first lessons are as smooth a possible.

If your child is new to a school, take the time to meet and build a relationship with the school's SENCO (special educational needs co-ordinator) or its equivalent post. This will help you as a parent to fully feed in to the support that's offered to your child. Don't be surprised if you have to explain your child's needs several times to separate teachers - while some schools are able to retain and share information among their staff as your child progresses their school career, others struggle to keep across the different needs of their pupils. If your child is moving from primary to secondary education it's worth checking that the new school is aware that your child is either looked-after or is adopted; even that simple fact can go missing in organisational knowledge, but once staff are aware you'll be more able to access support. If you're a New Family Social Gold or Silver member you can find out some of the basic support you can expect as an adoptive parent on our website. If you're a New Family Social Gold or Silver member who is a foster carer you can see some basic information on support on the website too.

1 in 7

adoptions in England in 2019 were to same-sex  couples

3 in 4

 New Family Social adopters consider adopting siblings


The total number of children in foster care in England

Adoption and foster carer assessment and support services rely on face-to-face contact

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Some 60 foster agencies joined NFS in 2019. Find out why we're working together.

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Increasing numbers of agencies turn to LGBT+ applicants. What are your options?

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Support from LGBT+ friendly agencies is rising across every UK country. 

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