Adoption Activity Days
Adoption Activity Days are an opportunity for you to meet a range of children who are waiting to be adopted.
An addition to more traditional ways of family finding, they allow you to interact with the children through fun and enjoyable activities, such as arts and crafts, sports and games and to establish whether you feel an emotional connection.
Last year, 118 children were adopted as a result of attending an Adoption Activity Day. The days are particularly helpful for children who have been waiting longer to find a permanent, loving home, for example, older children or sibling groups.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) update: Adoption Activity Days
Adoption Activity Days have important implications on the success of family finding for children with a plan of adoption, particularly those who are harder to place. Provided the risks are adequately addressed and mitigated, the continuation of Adoption Activity Days is necessary in order to help achieve permanence for children in care.
The mini Adoption Activity Days listed below will be smaller than our usual events and all guests will receive further information about the special, preventative measures that will be in place to protect public health. If you have any questions about how these Adoption Activity Days (or the Virtual Connections events) will operate, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
How do I attend an Adoption Activity Day?
Ask your social worker about Adoption Activity days. Referrals are free of charge but you will need to be in at least Stage 2 of the assessment process with a positive recommendation from your social worker.
If you're interested in finding out more about Activity Days, please contact our Activity Day Service Manager, Sally Beaumont at: [email protected] or [email protected]. We would prefer to take email enquiries, but alternatively, you can call us on: 07740 745591 or 020 7520 0302.
You can also read and download our updated, GDPR-compliant Adoption Activity Day Privacy Notice as a pdf.
How do Adoption Activity Days work?
Adoption Activity Days are delivered by our specialist team at Coram at accessible and child-friendly venues across England.
Considerable thought is spent preparing social workers, foster carers and children for being involved, with the emphasis on children having a fun and exciting day.
What happens at an Adoption Activity Day?
Two adopters, who first met their children at one of Coram's Adoption Activity Days, explain their experience:
“We attended an Adoption Activity Day in the North West. We’d read about a couple of children who we were interested in and were really pleased to learn that they were going to be featured at an Activity Day.
"The day itself featured a host of different activities including games, face painting, and a soft play area.
"It was great to be able to interact with the children in different ways, to have a game of Connect 4 followed by some painting and drawing. It enabled us to learn more about the children’s interests and see what they were like in different environments. It was helpful to have the foster carers and children’s social workers on hand to ask for more information about the children. The day finished with a lunch, followed by a magic show where the children sat together, giving adopters an opportunity to reflect on the day’s events. There was also time afterwards for adopters to express an interest in children they’d met on the day.
"We felt a great attachment to the children we came to see and felt confident to progress the link further.
"Luckily the social workers felt similarly and the link has progressed to a match — we are now looking forward to introductions with our little ones! We felt far more assured while preparing for the matching panel after having first met the children at the Activity Day. We can’t recommend it to adopters highly enough.”
— R and C, adopters-to-be to siblings aged 8 and 7.