Our local authority partnerships
Coram develops strategic partnerships with local authorities to share expertise with the aim of improving the adoption process for greater numbers of children in the care system.
We were the first independent adoption agency to pioneer this type of partnership work with local authorities, and run successful strategic partnerships with councils in Harrow, Cambridgeshire, Kent and Redbridge.
Our approach is tailored to each local authority’s needs and we consider a full range of solutions, including adoption and long-term fostering.
We provide needs assessment, service improvement, diagnostic consultancy, “Deep Dives” of legal processes, and data analysis. In many cases, managers work alongside the local authority’s adoption team. We also conduct assessments of prospective adopters for an identified child and life-story work.
Coram’s long-standing partnership with Harrow Council, which ensured the successful placement of every child needing adoption in the first year of analysis and saved the council £440,000* a year, is now a model for work with other local authorities.
Our groundbreaking approach in Kent saw a 110% increase in a year in the number of children placed for adoption, while our partnership with Cambridgeshire County Council saw an 84% increase in one year in the number of children adopted since 2011-12.
For more details of the impact of our strategic local authority adoption partnerships browse our pages.
* 'Financial Benefits of the Harrow Model', report by KPMG on behalf of Coram, January 2011
“… a very positive and productive partnership with Coram, whose involvement is described by staff as ‘inspirational and incredibly energising’.” - Ofsted, Kent County Council Adoption Service, 18 March 2013