‘The Adoptables’ is a group initially set up by Coram comprising of adopted young people aged between 13 to 25 who get involved in a range of workshops and public appearances in order to raise awareness and improve services for adopted children and young people. Older members of the group (16 – 25 years) are able to become ‘Adoptable Ambassadors’ taking part in a weekend residential where they receive media training, public speaking training and personal development support. These Ambassadors then go on to speak on public platforms about their experiences and those of other adopted young people. They have spoken at conferences such as Coram BAAF and SEPAN and our Kent Ambassadors have presented at the Kent Adoption Education Conference.
Kent’s own participation group has now been going for over 3 years, having started in September 2015. It has grown over time and now consists of 12 young people between the ages of 12 and 18 years. The group meet approximately every 6 weeks either during a weekend, evening or school holiday where they work on specific projects, some of these being initiated by the group and others developed from requests within the adoption service. For example, the group was involved in the initial stages of creating The Schools Toolkit and in writing Information booklets for the social media Post Adoption workshop.
In 2016 and 2017 the group worked alongside the Coram Adoptables with a scriptwriter and theatre director where they created and performed a theatre production around their adoption journeys and performed to parents, family and professionals at London based Theatres during National Adoption Week. The young people’s ideas are hugely important and will contribute to positive changes and further develop and improve services for adopted young people. Members of the group also met with the Corporate Parenting Panel and present at the Preparation groups for prospective adopters. The group also enjoy socialising with one another and have enjoyed joining with the Coram participation group for social events.
Young people and their families have fed back how important the group is to the members that attend.
There are currently no courses for this group.
If you would like more information on the participation group please Virtual School Kent, email VSK_participation@kent.gov.uk.