The government has today launched a new £48m National Adoption Strategy which seeks to improve adoption services in England and help place more children with families. It aims to improve support for adoptive families and break down barriers to creating permanent, stable and loving homes as quickly as possible.
In response to the publication of the strategy, Dr Carol Homden, Coram CEO, said: “As the only voluntary sector leader of a regional adoption agency, Coram welcomes the government’s commitment to ensuring that children and adopters from all walks of life who come forward to provide the loving homes they need have consistent high quality services no matter where they live in England.
“Too many children are waiting too long and all parts of the sector – local authorities, voluntary and regional adoption agencies – need to work across boundaries to tackle barriers to adoption whether they lie in practice approaches, decision-making process and public perceptions or in challenges of housing, financial pressures or access to support.”
Krish Kandiah, chair of the Adoption and Special Guardianship Leadership Board, said: “There is a huge need for people from a wide variety of backgrounds to step up and be the parents that children in care need.”
He added: “This new strategy gives us an opportunity as a nation to make sure every child, whatever their colour, age, abilities or gender, knows the love of a forever family.”
Read more about the National Adoption Strategy here