A lot is happening in the world of adoption and children’s social care.
There’s a huge ongoing focus on recruiting new adopters and a narrative coming from central Government about speeding up the process. But there are other huge issues that need to be part of the conversation, such as post-adoption support.
At the end of 2020, the Adoption Support Fund (ASF) was continued for another year, which is great, but thousands of families had been left in limbo with decisions regarding the award of funds being on hold.
The Adoption and Special Guardianship Leadership (ASGLB) has also got a new chair in the form of Krish Kandiah, the founder and former CEO of adoption charity Home for Good.
It’s a key time for a range of voices involved with adoption and the care system to be heard – adopters, foster carers and particularly adult adoptees and care experienced people.
With that as a backdrop, there are three really simple ways to get your voice herd right now.
The Adoption Barometer survey
This is a wide-ranging survey of the adoption community, which many will of course be familiar with. It’s carried out annual by Adoption UK and each year provides really important data on the experiences of adoptive families throughout the UK. You can take the survey by going here.
The information being collected will represent the experiences of families during 2020, so the report will inevitably contain crucial learnings about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the adoption community.
Adoption and Special Guardianship Leadership Board survey
With Krish Kandiah new in post, the ASGLB has produced a short survey for the those involved with adoption and special guardianship to complete. This is a great chance to have your thoughts heard as the priorities of the board take shape over the coming period. You can complete the survey on the Coram-i website.
Children’s social care review
The long promised independent review of children’s social care has been launched, with Josh MacAlister heading it up. He’s kicked things off with a ‘call for advice’ rather than a traditional ‘call for evidence,’ which can be found here.
Many people, from professionals to the care experienced community have been waiting for this review. Make sure you submit your thoughts!
Have your say
We’re in the midst of a huge push to recruit new adopters. Make sure you input your thoughts on other key areas such as post-adoption support to the ASGLB and complete the Adoption Barometer survey. The latter is a crucial study that provides the most comprehensive snapshot of where we are with adoption each year. If the care review is to be meaningful it needs the broadest participation possible, from care experienced people to foster carers and adopters to submit their thoughts.