CACH-All is a wonderful opportunity to make new life-long friends who have experienced something very similar to you! Being an intercountry adoptee can sometimes make you feel different to everyone else, but at CACH-All that is not the case and you get to meet others just like you.
As you enter your teens there are other great opportunities. If you are a CACH-All member you also get the chance to:
- Make contact with the many teens in CACH-All - you are more than welcome to join the "CACH-All TEEN" Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram groups (just drop us an email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Apply for a CACH-All Grant grant to help fund a cultural education project (aged between 16 and 24 and a member of CACH-All for 2 years)
- Become a ‘Young Adult Member’ for only £5 a year (for 18 to 24 year olds) Apply now!
- Mentor someone younger who you can share your experiences with and offer support to
CACH-All is for YOU! Please let us know what you would like us to organise e.g. events, website content etc. Contact us at email@example.com for more information.
Shirley Kirby (Teen Rep.)
Note: CACH-All is open to adult intercountry adoptees too!
CACH-All Facebook Group
Search for www.facebook.com/groups/157568751434, or you search 'CACH-All teens', then make a request to join.
Find us on Snapchat: cach_teens
New in 2017! Search for 'cach_all' and request to follow. Once your membership has been confirmed you will be joined up.
Adoption & Identity - films recommended by members
See Kelci's TEDx talk on her own story about identity www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMbcRY361qE&feature=youtu.be
This is a British adoptee with a you tube channel My Adoption Story
Read Anna Fulcher's blog of her gap year in China 2015-16 annadventures.weebly.com
'When people hear my full name, they expect to meet an Irish boy. Instead they meet a Korean girl. Welcome to interracial adoptee life.' - Corey, 27 (MTV News)
This is a really impressive video called "Adoption and Identity Interwined" made by an American high school student about being adopted/ identity issues etc. - Adoption Beat (Vimeo)
This initiative is designed for children from year 7 and above to join. Anyone can organise an event and we hope that increasingly our teenagers will take over and arrange things for themselves.
Mia Gaule (16 years old) from the BBH group has already taken the initiative and stepped forward to coordinate two very successful events, the Climbing Wall/Nandos event in 2016 and Go-Karting/Waggamamas in 2015.
If anyone wants to organise a Teens/Tweens event and needs help please contact Caroline Smales firstname.lastname@example.org.
Often people find the biggest challenge is knowing how to contact people! Caroline can help with this by looking at the surrounding regions and sending you an email list. (Or you can send Caroline the details and she can send out the email).
Here is a guide as to how to organise an event
• Think of an event (realistically one a year, but if you can manage more, great) – bowling, climbing, go-karting, skating - anything that encourages interaction!
• Maybe include somewhere to go for a meal afterwards, this then enables lots of fun and laughter over the event that has just taken place
• Some funds are available from CACH-All, please contact email@example.com regarding this
• Set a date and time that seems appropriate. Not too late in case of school the next day, or people having to travel a distance home. The Smales family are happy to travel up to an hour to go somewhere but want to get home at a reasonable time too!
• Let me know about the event (firstname.lastname@example.org) so I am in the loop but also so I can give you an email address list of who to invite
• Contact families on the email list, letting them know the date and time, cost (what is subsidised if you know beforehand), venue etc and give them a cut off date for when you need to know by
• Once you have the numbers, send out exact details of the venue, how to get there, any specific instructions that maybe necessary for the event (e.g. specific clothing). Maybe somewhere that parents can be whilst the youngsters are enjoying themselves (as we parents want to have fun too!)
• Send out a reminder just before and then enjoy the event on the day!