How we enhance adoption

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.

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Our key principles for best practice include timely decision-making, understanding the experiences of very young children, and sustained support for adoptive families.

Adoption legislation

Coram believes there is a need for those responsible for finding children a loving family to act promptly and decisively, and for the welfare of those children to be put first in adoption proceedings. As part of this, we support the strengthening of early permanence planning.

In addition, our response to the House of Lords’ Select Committee on Adoption Legislation (July 2012) includes more from us on the role of independent adoption agencies (IAAs) and post-adoption issues.

Raising awareness of the needs of children in sibling groups

Coram recognises the difficulty in finding homes for sibling groups, whether separately or together. Our consultancy work has shown that some children can experience long delays because decisions are not being made quickly enough. Therefore, Coram believes guidance on early decision-making should be strengthened, and support offered to professionals to help them make the difficult decisions about the sibling group and each child within it as promptly as possible.

To find out more, please contact our Policy and Research team on 020 7520 0325 or

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