Hillingdon’s Vulnerable Children Given A Fighting Chance To Find A New Home

Children in need of adoption now have a better chance of finding a loving home due to Hillingdon’s new partnership with charity Coram, claimed Hillingdon Council.

Officials say the charity has plans to bring in their expertise to match children with their new adoptive families more quickly and efficiently.

Coram is the UK’s oldest children’s charity with over 40 years of experience in matching vulnerable children with suitable adoptive families. The charity is regulated by Ofsted, who inspect and regulate services for children and young people.

On behalf of Hillingdon Council, Coram will provide support for all adoptive families within the borough, assess and recruit prospective adopters and provide support for families post-adoption.

Hillingdon Council currently has 346 children in its care, with around 15 young people being adopted in the borough each year.

Cllr David Simmonds, Cabinet Member for Education and Children’s Services, said: “Our aim is to ensure that children who are adopted are provided with a loving home.

“Working in partnership with Coram Ambition for Adoption will make the adoption process simpler and enable us to provide the same high standard of service so that we can ensure a happier future for children in need.”

Research from Coram BAAF (Adoption and Fostering Academy) shows that as of March 2018, over 75,420 children were in care of local authorities, up 4% from the previous year.

Sue Lowndes, Managing Director of Coram Ambitious for Adoption, said: “We are delighted to work in partnership with Hillingdon Council, combining our skills and resources to enable the timely matching of children and adopters, and ensuring access to high quality adoption support.”

For more information on adoption and Coram, visit: https://www.coramadoption.org.uk/

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