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Adoptive parents to benefit from Voluntary and Community Sector cash injection

Published: 25.03.15

Adoption UK has been awarded two Government grants – one to help adoptive parents’ share their experiences in order help improve practice in local adoption agencies - and another to provide trained peers to deliver child-to-parent violence support.
Adoptive parents to benefit from Voluntary and Community Sector cash injection

The funds announced today, come from the Department for Education's (DfE) Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) grants, which are to be used to reform or deliver life-changing services over the next year.

The DfE chose a total of 94 projects that will make the biggest impact on children, young people and their families.

Our chief executive Hugh Thornbery said: "I am delighted by today's announcement. Adoption UK is the largest voice of adoptive families in the UK and the first project, creating and facilitating the Voice of Adopters will allow us to represent even more adoptive families by encouraging adoptive parents to feedback and share experiences online and in person. By sharing best and challenging worst practice we can really improve everyone's experience."

"We will recruit and train adopter champions to promote issues through the new Regional Adoption Boards and we'll continue to maintain national influence through the Adoption Leadership Board. We will enable adopters to get directly involved in how services are delivered in their area and put adopters central to developments in service design and delivery."

The second grant awarded to Adoption UK relates to delivering support to adoptive families experiencing and tackling child to parent violence.
Mr Thornbery added: "Concerns about child on parent violence have been known to us through the experiences of our members and were starkly evidenced in the research report Beyond the Adoption Order into adoption disruption rates.

Mr Thornbery said: "We recently held a sold-out conference on this very issue and it was clear from members that there is an unmet need of adoptive parents for this type of intervention. This second grant will allow us to deliver support and to share proven methods of preventing and managing challenging behaviour that works for both child and parents on a wider scale."

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said: "I'm delighted to give this injection of support to the voluntary sector, who offer life-changing services to children and their families.
"This was a highly competitive process and every bid given money today has shown that they will put the funds to great use.

"This is a significant investment in a tough financial climate which will make a real difference across the country."