Many people agree that too many children spend too long in the care system before decisions are made that allow them to settle into a permanent family, whether with their birth family or an adoptive family.
Coram has been testing new ways of improving services:
Coram pioneers a scheme called concurrent planning that helps minimise delay in the adoption process. Concurrent planning sees babies under two are fostered in the short term by parents who are also willing to adopt them long-term. The scheme is validated by C4EO, the Centre for Excellence and Outcomes in Children and Young People's Services, which has established itself as a best practice hub for 'what works' in children's services. Please visit our Concurrent Planning page to learn more.
Read the preliminary findings of our Concurrent Planning Study, which evidences the benefits of Coram’s concurrent planning model. Download Coram's Concurrent Planning Study - Interim Report here, or download from the menu on the right.
Coram Practice Notes set out briefly for managers and practitioners the key points Coram suggests should be considered in improving practice. See the menu on the right for Coram Practice Note 1 on Concurrent Planning.
Partnership to Promote Permanency
Coram is involved in a joint project with the children's charity Barnardo’s, with strategic funding from the Department for Education. The project works with local authorities to provide evidence on the successes and challenges of their adoption service, and to identify and promote good practice.
Dr Sophie Laws, Head of Policy and Research
T: 020 7520 0325
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