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Adopted and Universities - by CACH-All member Carrie Fleming

Hugh thanks to Carrie for this amazing piece of work! Over to Carrie....
Some of you may know that I've been working on trying to collate information for adoptees about what is available at different Universities around the UK both when applying and when there. What I thought might be a short piece of work has turned into rather more.
I've uploaded into the files a pdf entitled Adopted & Universities aimed at students and parents. If you have a child targeting uni do read it and share it with them. To try and further help in the appendices are links to whatever is the most relevant webpage for the unis that I could find - but note these are constantly changing so it might not work. To access the links you'll need to save the pdf to your computer.
What are the highlights?
Not surprisingly its a mixed picture.
For admissions - Scotland is extremely welcoming with a guaranteed offer if you have the grades for a course, which in the case of several Scottish universities extends over the border to adoptees throughout the UK. Mixed bag in the other nations where the Office of Students has let universities decide what they want to do individually- so they make up their own definitions - from 1 day in care to the official care leaver definition. Some do have contextual offers, some don't. Many offer pastoral care, some help with accomodation. Not much financial help. Lots of misuse of the term Care Experienced so the Unis look progressive - but in reality its only for Care Leavers as per the Children Act 2000.
Note only one Uni specifically welcomes ICA adoptees (Kings) and a couple specifically exclude them from help (by saying you need to have been in the care of a UK local authority).
This is a snapshot in time and my biggest recommendation is that it is worth students (and parents if they are overwhelmened) contacting any uni before applying to see what their policy is. Anecdotal information has several CACH-All adoptees getting contextual offers/financial help which wasn't stated at all on their websites. I thoroughly appreciate for many students this may be too much to do which is why it may mean a parent needs to help. And also remind them to absolutely TICK the box on the UCAS form. They definitely meet the UCAS definitions!
Please share this with anyone else who may be interested outside of CACH-All as its applicable to any adoptee. Its available for download on in 'Recent Work'
The current and past Chairs of CACH-All have seen this report and Claire has kindly allowed me to present it as endorsed by CACH-All as I seek to distribute it to the wider adoption community.


The OLLIE Foundation: Talk Safe, Plan Safe Sunday 28th March 2021

CACH-All is delighted to welcome back the OLLIE Foundation after a well-received talk at the Virtual Reunion 2021.
This 90-minute session will be hosted online via Zoom, please sign up below so we can send you the link closer to the time.

The session will:
• Consider what stops people asking for help and how we can change
• Support you to support others in an emotional crisis where suicidal ideation may be present
• Delegates will be more confident in where to signpost further crisis support and how to create a 'safeplan' with someone they are concerned about
Please signup to reserve your space at the session by Saturday 27th March at 6 PM!

PLEASE NOTE: This session will be SUITABLE for those OVER 17 YEARS OLD.

Sign up here:

and select 1 free ticket (per screen)


The adoptees on the committee along with the interns, are running loads of online lock-down events!! See Adopted? page to see how to join our social media accounts.

Virtual Festival 2020!

It was great to see so many faces at the quiz and to see all of your competition entries... we were impressed by your baking skills, amazed by the picnic setups people put together (despite the pretty poor weather) and entertained by peoples photo recreations!

CACH-All 'cach' up

Thanks to all those who were able to make it to our CACH-ALL 'cach' up over the weekend, it was great to chat to everyone, even if we did slightly lack in numbers!

We hope to arrange some more meet ups, and get to know everyone a little better, and hopefully move to some in person meet ups as soon as we can!

 It was a very relaxed catch-up with other adoptees (13+) and a funny icebreaker game!  

Survey of the Membership

In November 2019 we sent a survey to the membership to guide the future direction of the organisation. There was a great response, with lots of constructive comments, and the committee really appreciates the time taken by members to do this.
When the committee next meets in person we will use this information to inform our decision making on the strategic direction of the organisation.

The 'Future of CACH-All' Survey Results

CACH-All Family Quiz Night #2!

Thank you to all those who attended our 2nd CACH-All family quiz 0n June 20th! We had a great turnout with over 30 families joining us for a fun evening with some creative quiz rounds! It was great to see both some new and familiar faces! Congrats to the winners the Islington Invincibles!
Thanks to Josie for organising and keep your eyes peeled for our next event announcement which is coming soon!


Li-da Kruger

Thank you to everyone for joining the Q&A with Li-da Kruger a few weeks ago! We hope you all enjoyed it - if you missed the Q&A, we're trying to post it here (but technical issue due to size) in the meantime you can see it on the CACH-All fb page:
Also thank you to those who submitted questions in advance, we tried to fit in as many as we could into the time constraints.

Li-da has kindly shared the links to her first documentary “Belonging”: (password: nkfc), and the deleted “Sacred Dancers” scene from her recent documentary with Prue (Li-da describes it as a scene that encapsulated her link to Cambodia, giving back, exploring her birth country): (password: nkfc)!

Don't forget to join the CACH-All Facebook group to learn about our latest Virtual Events:

If you want to learn more about ICAV UK, you can go to their UK Facebook group (Adoptees-only): or find out more on their website:

CACH-All virtual events

Huge thanks to Kate, Hannah and Maya (our young adult members on the committee) for organising these events for us.

🏮 Sunday 26 January 2020!

It was a great turnout and our biggest ever meetup - 31 adoptees and adoptive parents! I hope you all enjoyed the day, the different delicious dishes at Dumplings' Legend and activities at China Exchange if you were able to stay. 🥟 新年快乐!Happy Lunar New Year to you all! 🎊🌝🧧🐀

CACH-All x CCI UK Meetup #3 - November 2019

8 adoptees (+ 2 boyfriends) enjoyed Ice Skating at the picturesque Tower of London - some of us were dancing on ice, others (including myself) a bit more like Bambi… Then, we went to the local ‘Spoons to chat over drinks and later Sichuan food at My Old Place!
If you have any ideas for meetups and/or would like to help organise them in your local area, please send a message!

CCI & CACH-All Meetup - October 2019

See Adopted? for more photos & write-up. Here are the group photos!

Teen Weekend - September 27-29, 2019

Our FIRST Teen weekend run by adoptees for adoptees at Rock UK's Frontier Centre in Northamptonshire. We had a fantastic weekend at this sold-out event!  Details for Teen weekend


CACH-All Facebook

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CBBC’s My Life - Adopted From China

With courage and commitment, Mia Jordan, Millie Hunter and Nina and May Jackson volunteered to work with Flying Elephant Films in 2016/7 taking part in CBBC’s ‘My Life’ documentary series; this one specifically focusing on Chinese adoptees and called  ‘Adopted From China’. It aired in Oct 2018, corresponding with National Adoption Week.

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  • What information do we hold? Adults in the family: name, address, date of birth, email address, telephone number, occupation, any skills you may have and any involvement you may have in other adoption related organisations. Children in the family: Name, date of birth, and if adopted, date of adoption, country adopted from, orphanage name and area of the country where adopted from. Generally: stage of the adoption process that you are at, financial information needed to renew subscriptions annually by direct debit and your tax status if you have completed a gift aid form for us.
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