Coram Chief Executive, Carol Homden, statement on Family Justice Review
“We are also delighted to see the Review recommends the further roll out of the Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC), run by Coram and The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. Evidence shows that parents who have been through the FDAC system are more likely to stop their substance misuse than those in ordinary care proceedings, meaning fewer children are taken into care. We would like to see more families have access to this system.”
Coram, the UK’s first children’s charity, champions what matters most for children through adoption, parenting, creative therapies and health and social education in schools.
Coram runs one of the nation’s leading voluntary adoption agencies:
• Specialist in finding families for older children, siblings and children from BME backgrounds, otherwise deemed ‘hard to place’
• Pioneers of concurrent planning. Only adoption agency in the country to do so. This is when a baby or child in care is found suitable foster carers who are ready and willing to adopt them later, if adoption is decided to be the best option for the child’s long term future. It provides consistency and prevents a child from the upheaval of being moved between families while a decision is being reached about their future.
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Coram’s adoption service has one of the highest placement success rates in the country. The charity has been pioneering Concurrent Planning for more than 10 years, a service which places babies with specialist foster carers while their long-term future is being decided. This is so that babies who cannot return to their birth parents can be adopted by their carers, avoiding unnecessary and often traumatic disruption.