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					                                             November 2008 Edition

                                   Adoptive Parents Support Group
           Next session of the adoptive parents support group on Wednesday 12 th November.
                                  This session is for adoptive mothers.

       The parenting support groups are open groups, feel free to come to one or more meetings.

     The group will take place at CCS office and it will focus on promoting positive attachments
  between adoptive parents and children including discussion of any topics of particular interest e.g.
    sharing difficult information about the birth family, dealing with bereavement, school issues,
   confidentiality – who should know what and any other issues with which parents are struggling.

                                   The group meets on Wednesday’s,
           refreshments available at 6.30pm, discussion will start at 6.40pm, finish at 8.15pm.

                                                 Dates as follows:

                       Adoptive Mother’s Group               Adoptive Father’s Group
                           12th November 2008                    3rd December 2008
                            14th January 2009                    11th February 2009
                             11th March 2009                       22nd April 2009
                              13th May 2009                         10th June 2009

 The group is run by Andrew Lister, Clinical Psychologist and specialist in working with children’s
                    attachment issues and Siobhan Lennon from the CCS team.

           We are keen to hear from anyone who may be interested in attending the group.
                                 Please speak to your support worker
            or contact Donna to express an interest: email:
                               or you are very welcome to just turn up.
      For other information and discussion please contact Siobhan or Jaggie, Tel: 08451 220077

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                      CCS Family Party for Primary School Age Children

                              This will be held on Saturday 10 th January 2009
                       at The Apostle Room, Clifton Cathedral from 2pm – 4.30pm.

      Activities, games and party food for children who should be accompanied by parent/carer.

                           Put the date in your diary, more information to follow.

                       Adopter Recruitment and National Adoption Week
  A development grant has enabled us to have Andy White as our Adopter Recruitment Coordinator
  on a part-time, one year basis. This role is distinct and separate from that of the social work team,
             and Andy also continues his Triathlon fund-raising work on a voluntary basis.

 The idea is to raise awareness of CCS and to encourage people to consider adoption. To find those
   people with the unique qualities needed to be adoptive parents is a big challenge. This can be
        done in various ways, for example through the media, events, and by word of mouth.

      We would welcome ideas and offers of help, so if you feel you can contribute in any way,
     please contact Andy via CCS, by e-mail, or on 07971 544709.

           CCS is making the most of National Adoption Week (10th to 16th November)
                      with media activity, and a photocall with Bristol Rugby.
   We are also highlighting the availability each day of an experienced Adoption Worker, who can
                 discuss what’s involved by phone, or arrange an informal meeting.

                                     CCS Sponsored Triathlons

                Congratulations to our twenty triathletes who took part in either (or both!)
                                 the Malmesbury or Warwick Triathlons.

  Each person made a special effort to train, take part and raise money for CCS. Despite a less than
           favourable economic climate, we have raised almost £ 4000 including gift aid.

           You can still donate by visiting .
      There will be more photos from both events appearing at
                                      within the next few days.

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     Shown above are Mike and Caroline Saunders at the finish line, Sarah and Paul Hennessey after completing
                   Malmesbury Triathlon, and two relay teams from Shires Veterinary Practice.

          We are planning next year’s events and people are already signing up to take part.
              It would be great to hear from you so that we can include you in our plans.
  Help is given with training and preparing for the event, and you can also take part as a relay team.
             Please contact Andy on 07971 544709 or .

                           Recipes for our Family Favourites Cook Book

                         Thank you to everyone who has sent in recipes so far.
              We have a nice range of sweet and savoury dishes, we just need some more!

                  With Christmas just around the corner we are all starting to think about
                                special meals and edible treats to come.

                    Each year at the picnic there is a wonderful selection of cakes at tea
                          time, so we know there are some good cooks around.

     Why not jot down something that is special in your family and send it in to share with us all?

    We will go on collecting recipes until we have a good selection of favourites, but please do not
                          delay too long to share yours. Sent them in today.

                  Send a copy of your recipes, as many as you like, for savoury, sweet or
                                      anything else, by post or email,
                               to at CCS.
                           We will put them into a booklet which will then be
                           available to buy. The money raised will go to CCS.

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           If you have a picture or a drawing of your dish please send that too, though we are
                             not sure at this stage how we will include them.
                                 Remember to tell us your name and age.
                           Eg. Recipe for 'Sticky Sausages' from Paul, aged 7.

                                              G.P to G.P Service
          There is a G.P to G.P service available through the GRO (General Registry Office)
               which provides for information to be passed from one Doctor to another
  in the event of a child being ill where information about the birth family medical history could be
                helpful in treating the condition or it is thought to be a hereditary issue.

                            For more information contact your support worker
                 or the duty social worker who is available every afternoon 12noon-5pm.

                                               Christmas Cards

                          Have you placed your order for Christmas cards?
          You should have received a brochure in the post, if you would like to make an order
                please contact Bobbie Sweeney or Sarah Hennessey on 08451 220077.
                     When you buy these cards, you are making a direct donation
              towards the society’s work and showing your support for children in need.


              An Employee of CCS Adoption who has recently used charity flowers wrote:

        “I recently wanted to say a big thank you to my parents for housesitting and dogsitting
                      whilst we were away on holiday and decided to send them a
                             bouquet of flowers through Charity Flowers.

                I found the website easy to use and there was a good selection of bouquets
                   ranging from around £12.99 up to £21.99 and this included delivery.

    I ordered my flowers and made a donation to CCS which is done at the end of the transaction.

      The next day my parents received a lovely bouquet of flowers which they were thrilled with.

           I would have no hesitation in using them again as I felt they were value for money
                    and it was great being able to donate 15% to CCS Adoption”.

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                                   Charity Flowers Direct a Guernsey based
                  flower service where 15% of the price of each order will be donated to CCS.

                                Charity Flowers Direct is a flowers by post service
                               where all the profits are donated to charitable causes.
                        When you place an order, whether by phone, post or over the internet,
                                       please quote our charity code: CCS.

                           There are also gardening gifts and chocolates - please take a look!

               To order your flowers or gifts, visit and order online
                               or call the 24 hour phone line on 08705 300 600
                                 remembering to quote CCS when you order.

                                                          Christmas and New Year
                                                                Office Hours
                     CCS Adoption’s offices will be closed from 4pm on 23rd December 2008
                                     and will re-open on 5th January 2009.

                                     CVAA Survey About Voluntary Adoption Agencies

                             Thank you to anyone who completed the online survey
                 that we sent out on behalf of the Consortium of Voluntary Adoption Agencies.

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