Adoption Central England (ACE) is celebrating its second anniversary after forming in 2018 following Government’s commitment to redesign and regionalise adoption services.
During the past two years, ACE has driven change for children and adoptive parents.
Service developments have resulted in a reduction of the time it takes between a child entering care and moving in with their adoptive family and have also led to increasing the number of children from within the ACE region being matched with ACE approved adopters.
Matching children and families within ACE means that the families can be well supported from the point that they adopt and beyond.
ACE provide a range of support services and training opportunities for people who adopt including applying principles of therapeutic parenting which is designed to help parents care and support their children. This all helps to develop successful outcomes for children and families.
Cllr Pat Seaman, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “In Coventry we are absolutely committed to getting the very best outcomes for our children. A key part of that is finding ‘forever families’ for children where adoption is the best route.
"I know how much work is going into not just ensuring children are adopted by the right families, but that everyone receives the best ongoing support so the adoption is a success. Adopting a child is an incredible thing to do and I thank every family who has done so while urging those considering adopting to get in touch with ACE.”
ACE is formed from the adoption services of Coventry, Solihull, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Herefordshire Councils and is committed to providing support for young people or adults who have been adopted, birth families, new and existing adopters. In addition, Family Connexions launched in November 2019, is a new service offering independent advice and support to birth family members whose children have been placed for adoption.
Anyone can be considered as a potential adopter providing they are over 21 years. Potential adopters will need plenty of patience, humour, energy and most importantly determination to give a child or children the support need to really make a difference to their lives.
ACE is searching for families who can provide children with a safe environment. Families are particularly required for brothers and sisters and children who have a level of disability along with people from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.