The partnership focused on:
- Identifying children at the earliest opportunity who were likely to need permanent families through adoption
- Improving the timescales for children for whom adoption was the plan, and ensuring that children could move into stable loving adoptive family as soon as possible
- Preparing prospective adoptive parents so they have the skills required to become adoptive parents and providing post-adoption support for the families who adopted Thurrock children
Over the three years of the partnership, 19 children with adoption plans were placed quickly with Coram adopters.
In 2016/17, through the partnership, the average time taken to match a child with an adoptive family, following the issuing of a Placement Order, was 101 days, 20 days less than the national target (121 days), and 124 days faster on average than prior to Thurrock’s partnership with Coram.
In the same year, the average time from entry to care to moving in with an adoptive family was 358 days – 68 days less than the national target (426 days) and 33 days faster on average than prior to Thurrock’s partnership with Coram.
Not only did this performance and timescale reduction help to cut costs, but the foundations of good practice which Coram implemented, including the resources to support permanency planning for adoption in Thurrock, meant that a there were a higher number of Placement Orders in 2016/17, which in turn means that we expect Thurrock will see a rise in the number of adoptions in the months to come.
Coram continues to work with Thurrock and other local authorities to ensure that vulnerable children can be provided with safe, secure and loving families and lifelong support. This is particularly important at a time when there are more children waiting than there are available adopters.
If you are interested in adopting a child through Coram please visit the contact page on our Coram Adoption website.