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New adoption scheme launched to help ‘overlooked’ children

Initially 100 children per year might be placed under the scheme

A new scheme, developed by the Consortium of Voluntary Adoption Agencies (CVAA) together with Baker Tilly, is intended to identify and train more adoptive parents for children who, for reasons of age and ethnicity, might currently be overlooked in the adoption system.

It is hoped that initially under the scheme, called It's All About Me, 100 children will be placed each year, rising to 300 with additional funding.

Baker Tilly explain that the new service is structured as a social impact bond, and has been developed by an eighteen-way network of voluntary adoption agencies. It is targeting to find, train and support adoptive families for three hundred children a year who are recognised as harder-to-place, and who otherwise would probably remain in care.  With a primary investment period of ten years, it builds in both strong systemic change, and generates the funding necessary to continue the service after repaying investor capital.

Of the 5,000 or so children in care for whom local authorities each year choose adoption as the best option, around half are placed locally.  The other half cannot find places through the local authorities, and their details are placed on the National Adoption Register.  Parents approved as adopters by local authorities and voluntary adoption agencies then select children to adopt from the register.  Up to 80% of the children do not get picked, and remain in care.  This group tend to be those who are over four years old, of BME background, or seeking placement in sibling groups.

For more about the It's All About Me scheme, please click here.