My wife Jill and I have two adopted children; one each from Anhui and Jiangxi Province. We joined CACH as an Associate Member in 2001 and as a Full Member in 2002.
For all of us the development and continuity of CACH is very important and as a family we all wanted to contribute towards this so I put my hand up at the AGM to see what I could do to help. The added bonus of this has been that I get to work alongside some talented and dedicated CACH families with the same aim.
I have two adopted girls, currently 18 and 20 and have been a member for 21 years and chair for four of those years. As vice-chair my main role is to support the chair and to be the point of external contact for CACH. This includes relationships with other adoption organisations, government and local authorities. I also chair the CACH<Back Fund Awards Committee.
Over the years, I have built up a network of contacts in government and adoption circles and I am happy to use these to ask any questions you may have. Please contact me if you wish to use this service.
Sharon Charlton Thompson
I volunteered to become Secretary of CACH in 2015 because I am passionate about post adoption support of families with intercountry adopted children, remedy and I simply wanted to ‘do my bit’ towards this. It’s a privilege to be a part of the committee and I am staggered by the commitment of the volunteers who make things happen alongside the usual busy day jobs and the chaos of family life. We have been members of CACH since 2006 when we adopted Tilly, now 11 and in 2012 we adopted Sam. I live in Bath and work full time as a Coaching Psychologist. If I can help you in anyway relating to adoption and CACH please do get in touch.
I have been Membership Secretary for the last 6 years, and it's a role I love, giving me the chance to be in contact with so many members as well as working with a great group of people on the Committee. I live in south west London, and work as a specialist researcher in a major auction house. Mum to three, Hermione who is 18, Joseph 16 and then Lucy who is 10 and was adopted from Hubei province in 2006.
I look after all things to do with the finances of the charity from paying all the bills, making sure we collect all the subscriptions from members and keeping the Charities Commission happy with various reports. All a busman’s holiday with being an accountant in my real life but constantly buoyed along with the very upbeat pro-active committee. Mum of 1 from Jiangxi who will be 11 in Oct 16, plus step mum to a few grown up kids.
I look after the website content and since I took over I've added two new pages - 'Adopted?' (trying to keep our young people connected) and 'Homeland' (to assist with planning homeland visits). I'm very keen to keep the content relevant and up to date so please feel free to send me contributions. I'd also love to hear your ideas about what you would like to see on the website.
My husband and I have two girls, aged 17 and 13. The younger was adopted from China.
I look after the technical side of the CACH website. If anybody has any thoughts about the site then please do get in touch. I am the father of a girl & boy adopted from China (currently aged 10 & 6), and work in software development.
My name is Carrie Fleming and I'm excited to continue the national regional co-ordinator job. Having served for several years as part of the the group running Surrey I enjoy learning more about the other regions activities and how others are keeping families involved in CACH. There are certainly a lot of challenges to overcome but the long term reason to stay connected to CACH remains as important as it was when the children were young.
I am married to Donald and have two girls, Iona (14) and Allegra (9). Allegra was adopted from Shangro, Jiangxi.
Please do feel free to contact me if you have any concerns or issues regarding your region.
Mum of 2 fabulous girls adopted from Anhui Province, China, I have edited the Magazine, CACH UP! since the August 2010 edition. I am always looking for articles for CACH UP! from members, especially younger members, plus items for Pride of CACH, Adoption Announcements, Book and Film reviews, feedback etc. Please get in touch and help to ensure that the magazine stays relevant to CACH members.
Hi! I'm Shirley. I was adopted in 2001 with my two brothers David & Gary. I live in Hertfordshire but I'm currently at Uni in Plymouth. I also studied in XJTLU in Suzhou, Jiansu Province for a year. Contact me if you would like to join the teen/young adult facebook or snapchat groups. Thanks!
Vacant - please consider taking on this position
2016 & 2017: Jo Evans
I am Jo married to Lester with 2 daughters Kate (15) and Ruby (13) both adopted from China.We have been attending the reunion since 2001, online we sadly missed one in 2012 when we were in China. It is a family favourite we all love, where we share experiences and meet friends old and new.
I found the Reunion planning role both challenging and rewarding. I have been well supported by the CACH committee as I had no previous experience of event planning. This is my second year as Coordinator and this year I am pleased to have Monica Dowling helping me with the event. We hope to build on the good work of teams before us to keep the Reunion real and relevant for our membership.
Harry Hunter, Margaret Hunter