Coram promotes good practice in its work with local authorities and central government to ensure the welfare of the child is central to adoption services. Coram’s key principles for best practice include timely decision-making, understanding the experiences of very young children, and sustained support for adoptive families.
Coram believes there is a need for leadership to ensure timeliness and that the welfare of the child is put first in adoption proceedings. As part of this, we support the strengthening of early permanence planning.
See the menu on the right to read Coram’s response to the House of Lords Select Committee on Adoption Legislation (July 2012), which includes more from Coram on the role of Voluntary Adoption Agencies (VAAs) and post-adoption issues.
Raising awareness of the needs of children in sibling groups when placing for adoption
Coram recognises the difficulty in placing sibling groups, whether separately or together. Our consultancy work has shown that some children can experience long delays as a result of no proactive decision being made. Therefore, Coram believes guidance should be strengthened on early decision-making, and support offered to professionals to help them promptly make the difficult decisions about the sibling group and each child within it.
See the menu on the right to read Coram’s response to the Department for Education’s Call for Views: Placing Children in Sibling Groups for Adoption (August 2012).
Dr Sophie Laws, Head of Policy and Research
T: 020 7520 0325
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