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  • ‘Early Permanence’: Foster to Adopt Placements – the Approach and Benefits

    Adoption · Fostering · Fostering for Adoption · Matching

    ‘Early Permanence’: Foster to Adopt Placements – the Approach and Benefits

    25 Sep 2018

    Coram first set up a concurrent planning programme in 1999, placing babies with carers who were dually approved as adopters and as foster carers.  The babies were all subject to care proceedings and were selected for this project on the basis that the prior family history and the assessments of…

  • Introducing our new blog series


    Introducing our new blog series

    24 Sep 2018

    Coram-i is pleased to announce it is launching a new monthly blog series featuring opinion, insight and analysis from experts across Coram’s heads of departments, partners and associates.   These blogs are an opportunity to share more detail about Coram’s different work strands, the issues that influence these areas, the…

  • Understanding why I was taken into care…

    Coram-i · Fostering · Sharing Learning · Young People

    Understanding why I was taken into care…

    30 Jan 2018

    Coram-i has undertaken an innovative area of work supporting a local authority to complete Historical Letters for looked after children in permanent foster placements, similar to Later Life Letters in Adoption. Historical Letters in Fostering give older children access to the reasons why they were taken into care and factual…

  • Adoption Activity Days in early 2018


    Adoption Activity Days in early 2018

    22 Dec 2017

    Adoption Activity Days allow prospective adopters to meet a range of children waiting to be adopted in a safe, supportive and fun environment. You can see them in action by watching ‘Finding me a Family’ on the 4oD website. We already have three dates in the diary for 2018, so…

  • Permanency Planning and Long Term Fostering Innovation Project

    Coram-i · Fostering · Sharing Learning

    Permanency Planning and Long Term Fostering Innovation Project

    28 Nov 2017

    In November 2017, Coram-i held a seminar as part of its project on Permanency Planning and Long Term Fostering, which is funded by the Department for Education’s Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme. The event brought together the four pilot sites involved in the project (Manchester City Council, Northamptonshire County…

  • Adoption Activity Days


    Adoption Activity Days

    18 Oct 2017

    “We just knew that he was the child for us, older than we ever had imagined but his personality so shone through on the day.” Autumn is upon us and Coram’s Adoption Activity Days (AAD) team have been busy planning for the next run of these family finding events, which…

  • Activity Days for Fostering


    Activity Days for Fostering

    14 Sep 2017

    Following the success of Adoption Activity Days, these events for fostering aim to focus on securing families for children who need to remain looked after under fostering arrangements. The ethos of the events remains the same, in that the emphasis is on bringing together children and young people who are…

  • Adopter sufficiency

    Adoption · Matching

    Adopter sufficiency

    14 Aug 2017

    There is a growing concern that there are not enough prospective adopters available for all the children who are waiting to be adopted. A high level analysis I conducted in January 2017 using published data for 2015/16 concluded that there would soon not be enough prospective adopters available and this has…

  • Coram awarded innovation funding!


    Coram awarded innovation funding!

    2 Feb 2017

    Coram has been awarded funding from Department for Education’s Social Care Innovation Programme to work with four local authorities to help them make better use of data to improve the stability of long-term foster placements. Renuka Jeyarajah-Dent, Director of Operations at Coram said: “We are delighted to receive this…

  • RAA delivery models

    Regional adoption agencies

    RAA delivery models

    15 Sep 2016

    I’d like to get your thoughts on what potential benefits there would be for a VAA that partnered with a local authority to form a Regional Adoption Agency Joint Venture. For a LA I think it’s relatively straightforward – they at least get an adoption service that meets their needs (hopefully!) For VAAs,…

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