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Figures released at the end of 2012 by the British Association of Adoption and Fostering revealed that a significant proportion of the population rule themselves out from adoption because of common misconceptions. Research shows that:
•    18% thought that being single is a barrier to adoption
•    24% thought that having a low household income might rule a person out from adoption
•    39% thought that being unemployed was a barrier to adoption
•    69% thought that a criminal conviction would rule out a person from adoption
•    19% believed lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people are unable to adopt.

We urge anyone who is considering adoption to come forward and speak to us, and not to automatically rule themselves out.

The South East Wales Adoption Service

What Is Adoption?

Adoption provides a new permanent family and home for children who can no longer live with their birth family. Adoption is a legal procedure resulting in the parental responsibility being permanently transferred to the adopters.  We know from existing families that adoption can be hard work but the rewards are huge and additional support is available.  Adopters have a chance to positively transform a child’s life forever.

Who are the children that need adopting?
The children in our area waiting for adoption are in the majority aged from 9 months to 8 years old and these include sibling groups that need a family as well as single children.  The children needing an adoptive family have often had difficult early experiences and some will therefore have extra needs for support and care.

Who Can Adopt?

Adoption is open to more people than you think. A single person or unmarried couple – heterosexual, lesbian or gay can adopt and you don’t have to own your home.  You have to be over 21 years of age but there is no upper age limit.  The most important part of adoption is to provide the child with the security of a loving home and a permanent caring family.

Who are we?

The South East Wales Adoption Service is an adoption service that covers Monmouthshire, Blaenau Gwent and Torfaen local authorities.  We are extremely passionate and committed to finding forever homes and families for our children in care. We also provide support and guidance throughout the process and after you adopt.

What happens when I get in touch with the team?
We know that making the first contact can often be a daunting experience.  It’s because of this we really strive to provide a friendly and supportive service.  You don’t have to be sure about adoption to call us, we regularly speak to people who are unsure and looking for more information and someone friendly to talk too.
We are always happy to come out and visit people who are interested in gaining more information – and you are never under any obligation to go forward.
After speaking to one of the team, you may wish to wait and digest the information before making a decision, which is quite common. There is no rush to make a decision and we will always be here for you when you are ready to move forward with adoption.
If you don’t feel comfortable phoning at first there is an email address you can contact us on below. We can answer any questions you have and send you an electronic information pack.

To speak to one of the team,

Please phone 01495 355766

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Monmouth Community Orchard

Monmouth Community Orchard

The Community Orchard idea began when the Transition Monmouth group started a separate Orchard Group in 2009. Members of the Orchard group are not necessarily part of the Transition Group, but they generally share the same aims.

Led by Vivien Mitchell, a group of supporters got together and the first trees were sponsored and planted in October 2009. For the trees to thrive, the volunteers had to control an area thick with nettle, doc, wild turnip, bramble and thistle. It took hard graft to turn this back into grassland on which the trees have a chance to become established.

Monmouth Community Orchard

Before and after in the Orchard area


Haymaking last summer was fun!

The community Orchard (50 trees) is on the Two River Meadow, where the River Wye and the River Monnow meet. The land had been variously a sewage works, agricultural, and abandoned to become heavily overgrown. Monmouthshire County Council is meant to provide some grass cutting and maintenance, but the area has a low priority and it is largely maintained by volunteers who vie for grants to provide picnic-tables and benches ,etc.

The Two River Meadow Group (chaired by former Monmouth mayor Terry Christopher) now includes the Orchard Group. Our combined aim is to allow access to the area, encouraging wildlife while controlling weeds. The contrast between overgrown and maintained areas is deliberate, and is proving popular with people – but also with wildlife. The diversity means that the area has become a feeding hotspot for bats and some birds.


At the request of people using the area, the Orchard Group volunteers also keep the paths through the wild area to the North open for dog walkers and children, and have tried to make access to the riverbank and its views easier. The public’s increased use of the area proves their success, with families, dog walkers, bird watchers and ramblers expressing their gratitude for the Orchard Group’s work in the central belt of the Two River Meadow.

Those interested in wildlife should look out for Sedge Warblers, Reed Buntings, Kingfishers, Garden Warblers, Buzzards, Bats, Otters (early morning only), Stoats, Moles, Shrews, and many common garden birds.

In 2011, many of the trees are fruiting, but they still need to be looked after while they grow taller and stronger. The Community Orchard group needs more volunteers to maintain the area, and more funding for appropriate equipment or the sponsoring of trees. If you would like to support the effort (anything from litter-picking and mowing to making a donation) please contact Vivien Mitchell on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Monmouth Community Orchard