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We have one request and that is for you to donate today. IAC is a charity and therefore not-for-profit. Our registered charity number is: 1067313. All donations given to IAC are collected by the Gill Haworth Foundation, which was set up in 2019 in honour of our founder, Gill Haworth, OBE, following her retirement. The foundation helps us to support children and young people for life as well as our most vulnerable families. Give today via JustGiving. Every penny counts and will make a difference.
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Unicef estimate that there are over 140 million orphans worldwide, and that over 15 million have lost both parents. Many of these children are being raised in orphanages where their needs cannot be met and they may remain at risk of exploitation or abuse. We believe in adoption as life changing, as do Unicef, when it is legally regulated and compliant with high standards of child protection. Most importantly adoption should be in the best interests of the child concerned, where their human rights are upheld. This is really important as there have been many cases of child exploitation linked to adoption, so IAC and the UK government work continuously to ensure any child we work with is truly a child in need of adoption.
Based in the UK, IAC is a unique, pioneering children's charity delivering adoption services. We are committed to placing children for adoption, from a range of countries and backgrounds, with loving families here in the UK. IAC is the only adoption agency in this country that works in partnership with both adoption agencies and government bodies abroad to achieve this goal. We have supported families since 1997 and placed children directly since 2009, since when we have placed over 400 children for adoption from all over the world, including 50 from the UK.
Adoption transforms the lives of vulnerable children who do not have parents or adults who can raise them safely in a family setting. We work with the world's most vulnerable children. All of our children will have experienced separation, trauma and loss. Sadly many will have experienced abuse too and other hardships. In essence they will have had the most difficult start to life possible, and now face the enormous task of moving to live with a new family, learn new languages and hopefully go on to attach and bond with their new parents.
It is easy to take family life for granted, but for children who are not so fortunate IAC’s work provides a crucial lifeline. In some cases it really is a matter of life or death. For our adoptive families that we work with, our work provides a meaningful pathway to parenthood.
At present there is no government funding at all for intercountry adoption so anyone helping change the life chances of a vulnerable child is required to pay for the service. Furthermore, the majority of IAC's adopters are from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds and often on low incomes. They just want to give something back to their country of heritage and change a child's life. Some need to adopt a family member who is in need following a tragedy. We have to charge our prospective adopters to deliver services to legally screen, prepare and approve them to adopt but we believe as a charity that our essential support services should be at low or no cost, and that these should be available for life, for any adoptee.
Fundraising is vitally important to charities like ours as the costs to deliver our services grow, due to the regulations that govern the delivery of adoption services. We strive to keep our overheads as a charity as low as possible to ensure our funds go directly to deliver services that our children and families need for adoption support. We know that adopted children and young people have life-long needs and we therefore always want to be here to support anyone who needs us, at any stage of life. Some of these services we can deliver ourselves and others we source from experts in the adoption field.
The adoption of every individual child is a complex and sensitive process that represents a great deal of expertise and work on the parts of many experienced professionals. Research shows that the cost of each child's adoption, for the duration of their childhood, is in excess of £35,000 in the UK and the costs are comparable to intercountry adoptions. However, adoption support costs can be many times that figure, depending upon the needs of the child and the complexities involved.
Adoption carries a life-long significance for the children that are affected by it, and so their families need to know that every support is available to them, should they require it. IAC recognises that the accessibility of support is key in any successful adoption being sustained. We provide specialist support to prospective adopters, established adoptive families and to adopted adults, as well as their birth relatives. Adoption is for life and our commitment to our children and families is lifelong. Therefore, donations are fundamental to providing effective personalised support for children, families and adults.
Individual giving is warmly welcomed. This can be a one-off gift, perhaps to honour the services of IAC, or to celebrate a child’s adoption, birthday or milestone. You may choose to sponsor a family to support them with the costs of intercountry adoption and beyond.
You could organise a fundraising event or sponsored activity to the charity’s benefit or, if you are a keen runner, you could take part in one of the many national and international marathon events and raise funds for IAC. Each year we also have runners enter the London Marathon in support of the charity.
You could also talk to your employer about IAC and our work, promoting us as a charity that welcomes corporate support, whether through donation of services or goods, through sponsorship of our events, website and newsletters, or simply by advertising in event programmes or contributing to the support of a new service.
Every penny really does count and goes towards us being able to support the world’s most vulnerable children to thrive. Help us to change a child's life and really make a difference. Please donate whatever you can here.