Explaining Adoption to the Non-Adopted
These short 3 minute videos are designed to be used by teachers and parents to help explain to children what is appropriate language to use when asking questions of their adopted friends. The scripts for these videos were developed in conjunction with teachers, school counsellors, adoptive children and adoptive parents. The series of six videos are short and simple with a recurring group of characters in order to explain complex issues in a fun and easy way. The target age for the materials are children aged 7-12, although they can be used with much younger children if read aloud.
Information for those considering inter-country adoption
CACH-All is a national support group for families who have adopted, or are in the process of adopting, children from countries other than the UK. We have been providing support to children, teenagers and adults who have been adopted from overseas for over 20 years, and have members who have adopted children from countries such as China, Ethiopia, Cambodia and Taiwan.
If you have adopted a child from overseas or are currently in the process of doing so, or yourself have been adopted internationally, CACH-All will be a key source of help, support, and information.
IAC The Centre for Adoption
IAC The Centre for Adoption based in Barnet, London, is the main source of information for those seeking to adopt from overseas.
Currently the IAC has working relationships with six countries:
• People’s Republic of China for placement of special needs children
• The Philippines
• South Africa
Each country had its own set of criteria and requirements, which might include residency and nationality, and you need to contact the IAC directly for up-to-date information.
Adopt from China?
For those looking to adopt from China, the only realistic route that is open to U.K. adopters is through the IAC The Centre for Adoption which has accreditation from the China Center for Children’s Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA) to operate the Special Needs Adoption programme in the UK.
The children who are available to adopt could have either a medical need, such as cleft lip, requiring surgery or ongoing medical support or could be an older child (6 years +). Several CACH-All families have already successfully adopted through this system: both first time adopters and those with children already.
The ICA has lots of information about the various programmes on its website so do check it out for further reading.