Emily Colegate

Emily Colegate

Miles for Smiles - Every Step for Adoption


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My story

[p]Emily, Martyn, Lily and Max are helping to raise money for Families for Children, the largest voluntary adoption Agency in the South West! [/p][p]The children we place are from all over the UK and we find new adoptive families for them in Devon, Dorset, Cornwall, Isles of Scilly and Somerset. All of the children we place are vulnerable and many have complex extra needs, resulting from early childhood traumatic experiences, including abuse, neglect or lots of changes and moves in their lives. We place children of all ages, sibling groups, children with disabilities, and children from a variety of backgrounds and ethnicities. We are a specialist adoption agency providing advice and support for those who are considering adoption and also offer our ‘forever’ policy of support. This means that we can offer post adoption support to the child and new family for as long as they need us.[/p][p]The work we do through our adoption support service is vitally important to so many of our adopted children and their families and is a unique service we provide. This support is available when, and for as long as, it is needed. At any one time we are supporting around 150 families with these services.[/p][p]Families for Children receive a fee from the Local Authority for each child that we place for adoption. This fee contributes to around two thirds of the total cost for placing a child, leaving us the need to raise over £300,000 per year to be able to continue providing our post adoption support. This work is the main focus of our fundraising activities each year.[/p][p][b]Get Active[/b] with your family this summer and help raise vital funds for the support of adopted children, many of whom have experienced trauma and neglect in their early years. Join the [b]Miles for Smiles - every step for adoption[/b] campaign![/p][p]Families for Children had been looking for a campaign to launch in 2019 to raise much needed funds for our Family Strengthening Unit, and vital adoption support work which aids a child to recover from their early years of abuse or neglect. We also want to let more people know about the work we do and the need for families to come forward to adopt some of the 4500 children waiting to be adopted in the UK. We were generously approached by local sports professional, [b]Ben Knight[/b] who had challenged himself to walk/climb the 5 highest peaks in 5 different countries in Western Europe! Ben was looking for a charity to support whilst completing the challenge, he has had personal experience of coaching children in foster care, and understands how a family's support, love and nurturing can help a child realise their ambition - Families for Children fitted his beliefs.[/p][p]Families for Children Miles for Smiles campaign will enable all our friends and families to support Ben's personal challenge - we challenge you and your family to collectively (with others!) [b]walk around the world, 24,901 miles[/b] between 7th July and 14th October 2019. [b]We know we can do it with your help![/b][/p]
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Personal Challenge Date

30 Jul 2019


Sep 6, 2019

Angela W


plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Jul 29, 2019



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