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IAC is pleased to announce the next meeting of the African Adoption Support Group on Saturday, 19th January from 12pm-2pm. The African Adoption Support Group is a UK-based support group founded in November 2018 by parents with experience of intercountry adoption from Africa. The group embraces the diversity of children within Africa and understands the importance of their heritage and origins. The group’s aims include emotional support and encouragement before, during, and after the adoption process; exchanging information; addressing post-adoption issues; advocacy; influencing government policies on intercountry adoption; and continued learning and education through talks from adult adoptees and external speakers. The group welcomes prospective adopters who are considering adopting a child from Africa, those undergoing the adoption process, adoptive parents, and adult adoptees to its next meeting. If you would like to attend on 19th January, please contact Sharon.Beecham@icacentre.org.uk for further information. Please note that children are welcome to attend with their parents, but there will not be crèche facilities. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
IAC are delighted to announce the appointment of a new Chief Executive, Satwinder Sandhu, with effect from 2nd January 2019. He will work alongside founder and current Chief Executive, Gill Haworth, for three months to ensure a smooth transition. This follows a long recruitment campaign headed by Gatenby Sanderson. Satwinder comes with an extensive background in adoption and fostering work as a social worker and leader, having worked across the public, independent and third sectors for over twenty three years. This includes managing and developing intercountry adoption services as well as support services for adopters.
Following research undertaken in 2015/2016 by Dr Mary Mather and Dr Natalia Bell, Medical Advisors to IAC, on the quality of adoption medical reports submitted to IAC by agencies overseas, a new and comprehensive Medical and Developmental Assessment form for use by families adopting children from overseas has now been developed. The new form is available without charge to all prospective adopters working with IAC from the assessment and post approval teams, and to Local Authority who subscribe to IAC through the Subscriber Gateway. The form comes in two formats – a PDF which can be printed and filled in by hand, and a downloadable form which can be completed on screen. Local Authorities who do not subscribe to IAC services may purchase the form at a cost of £50.
Now is your chance to turn 2018 into a fulfilling and life-changing year. We have a unique opportunity for you to take part in the Virgin 2018 London Marathon. IAC is seeking 7 volunteers to run the London Marathon on our behalf and raise funds to help find loving families for disadvantaged children overseas and for those awaiting adoption in the UK.