Family Connexions – Birth family support service
Family Connexions is an independent birth family support service provided by Adoption Central England (ACE) to support birth families affected by adoption.
We can work with any birth family member, including birth parents, grandparents’ aunts, and uncles, where a child has a plan of adoption or has been adopted. The child must have been looked after in the in care of one of the local authorities within the Family Connexions region and subsequently adopted through them. The local authorities in in the ACE region are Coventry, Herefordshire, Solihull, Warwickshire, and Worcestershire. If your child was adopted through a different local authority you support will be from that area and Family Connexions can help you make contact if needed.
Family Connexions is a voluntary outreach service. The service recognises that it can be very difficult for birth families to talk about their experiences of adoption and will continue to be available to offer a service for when you feel ready to talk and share your feelings and experiences. A team member will try to contact you to a build relationship that will be supportive to help you to understand the decisions that have been made about your child or children who are to be adopted or who have been adopted previously. You can be seen at a place where you feel comfortable, this could be your home or somewhere in the community.