National Adoption Awareness Week

National Adoption Awareness Week 2016
6 - 12 November

National Adoption Awareness Week (NAAW) exists to raise awareness of adoption and the importance of permanency for children, along with providing education on the support needs of children and families. NAAW aims to increase insight and understanding through a series of specialist and community-based events exploring the experiences of children and families through local and intercountry adoption and promote reform of Australian adoption laws and practices to facilitate a community that looks after our most vulnerable – our children.

What’s on during NAAW this year?

This year we are focusing on raising awareness of the situation for displaced children in Australia and the need for all children to have a permanent, stable, loving home. Keep an eye out for campaign during NAAW.

We are also focusing on the importance of trauma informed care and pre- and post- support services for children and families, and the increasing need for this in Australia in the coming years.

We have Dr Mandy Howard as our international guest, to speak on several topics surrounding Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI).

Sunday 6th November
NAAW campaign commences
Monday 7th November
NAAW Launch
Parliament House, Canberra
Tuesday 8th November
Parent/Carer Session: Foundations of Connection

Professional Workshop: Evidence Based Practices
Wednesday 9th November
Research Launch
Parliament House, Sydney
Adopt Change will be releasing research into post-adoption supports for adoptive families
Thursday 10th November
Parent/Carer Session: Trust Based Parenting
Friday 11th November
Professional Workshop: Foundations of Connection
Professional Workshop: Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) for Professionals
Sunday 13th November
Mother’s Luncheon

What can you do during NAAW to support the cause?

• Once our campaign is launched, we would love if you could share the campaign to raise awareness

• Let us know if you are planning on running any NAAW related activities during the week

• We will be letting you know other ways you can support our activities during NAAW

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