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Adoption Support Fund Extended from April 1st 2016

31st March 2016

From 1 April 2016, the ASF will be increased to £21 million with support extended to adopted young people up to age 21. Children adopted from other countries via intercountry adoptions and those in special guardianship arrangements will also be able to access the fund. Read the Government’s latest policy paper here

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New plan to see more children placed in loving, stable homes by ensuring adoption is always pursued where it is in a child’s best interest.

31st March 2016

Press release Education Secretary unveils a new blueprint for adoption  From: Department for Education and The Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP First published: 27 March 2016 Part of: Looked-after children and adoption A brand-new strategy to transform the life chances of those children who spend up to 18 months in care waiting to be adopted – a tenth […]

Regionalising Adoption – Families for Children

16th March 2016

Regionalising Adoption The Department for Education (DfE) has asked all adoption agencies in England to consider joining up their local adoption services, including Voluntary Adoption Agencies in some way as well, to become Regional Adoption Agencies. Regionalising Adoption is the name of a paper issued by the Department of Education (DfE) about this in 2015.  […]

Forced adoption’ criticism shouldn’t get in the way of helping children

14th March 2016

CommunityCare Article Hugh Thornbery addresses some of the criticism around ‘forced adoption’ In the UK we adopt more children against the birth parent’s wishes than any other European state. This partly reflects a shift in government policy. In the 2000s New Labour backed investment in keeping children with birth families. The current approach, initiated by […]

2016 Plymouth Music Zone Perfect Partner Awards

10th March 2016

Congratulations to our very own  Lisa Pitcher, Adoption Support Social Worker, who have been chosen to receive a PMZ Perfect Partner Award 2016. This award highlights some of the most inspiring partnerships Plymouth Music Zone have had over the past few years and, specifically, the individuals who have been vital in making such collaborations a huge […]

BIG ADOPTION DAY 16TH MARCH 2016

22nd February 2016

On Wednesday 16th March, we along with many adoption agencies across England, will be opening our doors simultaneously to enquiring adopters, hosting a national adoption information evening. We want to reinforce the message that adopters continue to be needed for our most vulnerable children in the care system. There aren’t many decisions that will change your life forever; […]

FFC takes steps to ensure continued vital support for ‘priority children’.

3rd February 2016

Families for Children, local adoption agency and charitable trust based in Buckfast, are delighted to announce the appointment of a new Fundraising & Engagement Specialist, Tracy Ebbrell. At a crucial time for Adoption in the UK, Families for Children is focusing on finding families for ‘priority’ children. These include older children, sibling groups and children […]

Families for Children wants you! Volunteer Fundraisers Needed

1st February 2016

Families for Children are looking to recruit local people in your community to fulfil our newly created roles of Volunteer Fundraisers. Would you like to be part of a Volunteer Fundraising Committee that will raise awareness of the charity across the South West and help us raise vital funding? Families for Children finds loving and […]

New adoption law to speed up placing children in stable homes

14th January 2016

Department of Education announcement today that they will change legislation so that local authority and courts when making decisions about the right placement for a child in care, have to give greater priority to (a) the quality of care the child will need in order to recover from any abuse and neglect they have suffered […]

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New adoption law to speed up placing children in stable homes

14th January 2016

Department of Education announcement today that they will   change legislation so that local authority and courts when making decisions about the right placement for a child in care, have to give greater priority to (a) the quality of care the child will need in order to recover from any abuse and neglect they have […]