Adoption Matters has been awarded £100,000 by the Department for Education’s Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) grants. The grant has been awarded the money to further support the innovative Centre for Adoption Support (CFAS), a partnership project with Caritas Care.
The VCS grants have been announced as part of a £25 million injection into ‘life-changing’ services provided by voluntary organisations. The grants aim to reform and deliver life-changing services via 94 chosen projects that will have the biggest impact on children, young people and their families across the UK.
CFAS supports families with a tailored package of adoption support depending on the child’s and the family’s needs. Families are supported at any stage in their adoption, whether at the time a child first moves in or 10 years later.
Norman Goodwin, Chief Executive of Adoption Matters, said: “This VCS grant is a huge milestone for us and we are immensely proud of the work we have done at the Centre For Adoption Support. It provides a tailored approach to post-adoption support and has benefited many people in the North West, and will continue to do so on a permanent basis.”
“With the Adoption Support Fund being rolled out in May, this grant gives us the opportunity to strengthen and improve the centre, offering adoptive families access to a greater choice of specialist therapeutic post-adoption support services.”
Edward Timpson, Minister for Children and Families, has supported the Centre For Adoption Support since it opened in 2013 and said: “With the right specialist therapeutic support – and, let’s be clear, many placements will not succeed without it – children will finally be able to embrace the new life ahead of them. The question is, how long does an adoptive child need support for? And the answer is, as long as it takes.”
The innovative centre works together with local authorities to provide specialised adoption support services for families who have adopted through Adoption Matters, Caritas Care, Cheshire West and Chester, Warrington, Wigan and St Helens councils.
To find out more about the CFAS, contact the Centre on 01925 534 118.