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Coram Family

'Providing futures for children in care'

Imagine six-month-old Bob is taken into care because his mother is a drug addict and can’t look after him. In many areas of the UK Bob might spend several years yo-yoing between children’s homes and foster carers while the authorities weigh up whether his mother will recover enough for him to go home or whether he should be adopted.

By the time a decision is made and Bob meets his adoptive family he is a troubled five-year-old who feels that he has been rejected by every adult in his life, and he finds it difficult to bond with his new parents.

Coram Family’s pioneering concurrent planning project is giving children like Bobby a better start in life by cutting out the time that they spend drifting through the care system. Potential adoptive parents act as foster carers for babies and a time limit is put on the time that the babies will spend in care before their futures are decided.

If the baby is to be adopted, then the foster carers become the adoptive family. Such early adoptions have a much greater chance of success than those carried out with older, more emotionally damaged children.

Dr Gillian Pugh, chief executive of Coram Family, says: ‘We are finding secure, loving, long term homes for children who are born into vulnerable circumstances.’ In the first three and a half years of the project Coram Family has placed 22 children and 13 of these have been successfully adopted.

Dr Gillian Pugh
Chief executive 
49 Mecklenburgh Square
WC1N 2QA
020 7520 0300
Reg no.312278
www.coram.org.uk

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