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CVAA: THE RESEARCH BASE

Click here to download some slides from CVAA about what the research tells us about transitions. Also find in this presentation some discussion questions to get you and your team thinking.

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CVAA EVIDENCE SEMINAR IN COLLABORATION WITH UEA: CREATIVE APPROACHES TO CONTACT AND SUPPORTING CONTACT

Please see below the presentation from Julie Young, UEA, presented at CVAA’s Evidence Seminar on Monday 9th July 2018; ‘Creative Approaches to Contact and Supporting Contact’. This presentation reviews the evidence from research about different types of contact after adoption with a range of birth relatives. The presentation most heavily draws on two studies carried out at UEA:

  • the longitudinal “contact after adoption” study which has looked at the impact of letter and face-to-face contact with adult birth relatives on adopted children, birth relatives, and adoptive parents.
  • The “supporting direct contact “study which focused just on face-to-face contact arrangements, drawing largely on the perspectives of adoptive parents and birth relatives (including adult birth siblings). This study had a strong focus on how agencies can best support direct contact arrangements.

Julie introduced to delegates the wealth of resources relating to the above research, available to view by clicking here. 

Click here to see Julie’s presentation. 

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CVAA PRESENTATION

Click here to download CVAA’s presentation from this session which provided a data and research briefing.

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CVAA ADOPTION SUPPORT RESOURCE

Click here for a summary of discussions at CVAA’s Practice Workshops held in London on 17th September and Leeds on 3rd October 2018, to help you reflect on the day, share the learning and have similar discussions within your own teams.

CVAA are grateful to Coram’s Adoption Support team, Annie Moser, Val Payman, Alice Noon, Eliot Afnan Holmes and Heather Atkinson, and Andy Stott and Barnardo’s for hosting these workshops and sharing their approaches to adoption support. We were also lucky to be joined in Leeds by Jo Mitchell, PAC-UK, who spoke to us about their CPV project.

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CVAA RESOURCE: LETTERBOX CONTACT DISCUSSION SUMMARY

Click here to download a summary of the group discussion, to be read alongside the above presentation which includes links to the associated academic research. Please note this resource will be updated after this workshop is repeated in March 2019 to enable workers to benefit from increased perspective.

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CVAA PRESENTATION

Click here to see the presentation from the day which includes links to a number of open access research sources relevant to letterbox contact.

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CHILD PROFILES

Download here some child profiles, produced by Joanne Gray based on information from Adoption Match, to be included in your presentations for Big Adoption Day.

LEARNING FROM LA AND VAA PARTNERSHIPS – CORAM


This presentation shares some key learning from the various partnerships with LAs that Coram has been involved in. It also includes findings from their work in understanding the role of foster carers in supporting transition to adoption. This was presented at the CVAA practice sharing workshop in July 2016. Download here.

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UNDERSTANDING ATTITUDES, MOTIVATIONS AND BARRIERS TO ADOPTION & FOSTERING – KINDRED FOR DFE

The Department for Education commissioned Kindred to provide insight into the barriers, triggers and motivations that exist in relation to both fostering and adoption. The views of a cross section of the population were canvassed in sufficient numbers to make clear recommendations on a marketing approach that will help drive greater public engagement with both fostering and adoption, and increase the supply of potential foster carers and adoptive parents. Click here to read the report.

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IAA SALES DECK – THE PROGRESS LAB

In June 2016 the initial work on the IAA Sales Deck was presented to IAAs. The final version is now ready. It is for internal use and has been created to help you feel confident to advance RAA discussions. It reinforces the new positioning of IAAs, brings together unique selling points (USPs) and key differentiators and is backed up by supporting evidence, much of which has been gleaned by the SCB programme. The document can be downloaded here.

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SCENARIOS FOR THE ADOPTION SYSTEM – ALMA ECONOMICS

CVAA has commissioned Alma Economics to develop future scenarios for the adoption sector based on historic data. Take a look at the ongoing analysis and range of possibilities for the future to support your planning needs – here.

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FROM ENGAGING TO ENABLING EMPLOYEES – HAY GROUP

Employees need to be enabled – to channel their motivation into productive effort. When this happens the benefits are huge. Work through the Engagement-enablement matrix to map where your organisation stands, download here.

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CHANGE MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME – HAY GROUP

A masterclass on implications of regionalisation on the Operating Models of VAAs was conducted by Hay Group in February 2016. The session addressed how will the future organisation operate and be designed? How do we aid / enable integration? How do we create a new purpose and new vision? View session slides here.

TENDERING TO SCALE MASTERCLASS – BARNARDO’S

The changing landscape and regionalisation of adoption services could lead to regional commissioning and the need to tender on a larger scale. The master class recapped on good tendering practices and participants discussed how scale can impact the approach and process. Presentation with notes can be downloaded here.

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STRATEGIC BUSINESS MODELLING WORKSHOP – ALERON

From March to April 2016 four sessions of Strategic Business Modelling were delivered by Aleron. The workshops were preceded by an assessment of participants’ skills enabling sessions to be tailored to their exact business needs. All material shared can be downloaded here.

FOSTERING FOR ADOPTION PRACTICE GUIDANCE – CORAM

CoramBAAF have prepared new fostering for adoption practice guidance and a carers’ leaflet, commissioned under Coram’s PIF funding. The Role of Fostering for Adoption in Achieving Early Permanence for Children is written by Elaine Dibben and Viv Howarth following extensive consultation with the sector and engagement of key agencies and carers.

You can download the guidance below:

The Role of Fostering for Adoption in Achieving Early Permanence for Children

Fostering for Adoption: A child-centred solution – guide for prospective FfA carers

CHILD SPECIFIC RECRUITMENT – AFTER ADOPTION

This presentation gives an overview of child-specific recruitment: how it works and what the benefits are. It contains evidence of the impact on timeliness that this approach to recruiting adopters has had on timeliness for children waiting. This was presented at the CVAA practice sharing workshop in December 2015. Download the file here.

IADOPT PHASE 2: THE ADOPTION JOURNEY – CHOOSING A CHILD – UNIVERSITY OF SALFORD

Explores how prospective adopters engage with the realities of adoption and the fact that the majority of children are deemed ‘hard to place’ because of their multiple needs. Part of a wider project which aims to develop and deliver a marketing strategy, targeted at supporting and encouraging adopters to come forward by reducing the barriers and addressing the misperceptions that prevent some people offering themselves as adopters. Download here.

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CAN ‘FAST TRACK’ ADOPTION WORK?

In January 2015 Yorkshire Adoption Agency (YAA) received an ‘Expansion Grant’ from the Department for Education (DfE). This report provides the main findings of an independent evaluation of YAA activities funded through the grant.

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DIGITAL LISTENING REPORT – FIRST4ADOPTION


This research, carried out during March and April 2015 using Brandwatch digital listening software, aimed to determine whether prospective adopters would share their thoughts positive or negative, about agencies and the adoption process. The study also recorded more general sentiment towards adoption. Download here.

USING SOCIAL MEDIA TO RECRUIT ADOPTERS – FAMILY FUTURES


Explores Family Futures’ project to improve their presence on social media to target recruitment of particular groups of adopters. It contains useful lessons about what approaches have been particularly effective. Also included is the presentation given at the CVAA practice sharing workshop in July 2016.

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Q&A WITH AN ADOPTION PROFESSIONAL: BRIDGET BETTS, AFTER ADOPTION

Catch up with an adoption professional. Bridget Betts is National Manager of the Safebase Therapeutic Parenting Programme at After Adoption. Click here to learn about her role and read a summary of the project. Bridget discusses how she tries to use and think about evidence in her everyday work, and reflects on CVAA’s practice excellence programme.

MANAGING SAFEGUARDING IN ADOPTION SUPPORT SERVICES – AFTER ADOPTION

Amid the formation of Regional Adoption Agencies, the separation of adoption services from mainstream provision, and the complex needs of children who are placed for adoption, this paper seeks to provoke thought about how best children can be safeguarded whilst also providing robust support for adoptive parents. When managing complex, and potentially violent behaviours, many adoptive parents experience secondary trauma and blocked care, and this paper seeks to explore good practice about balancing safeguarding with providing support; the two are not necessarily mutually exclusive. Please click here to read the paper.

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Q&A WITH AN ADOPTION PROFESSIONAL, LYNN APPEGARTH, ARC NE

Catch up with an adoption professional. Lynn Applegarth, Adoption Support Worker at ARC NE, has worked directly with children and families for 30 years, both within a supportive role, undertaking parenting assessments and working individually with children. Lynn talks us through what a typical day looks like for her, and provides us with an update on ARC’s digitalising life story project which was presented at our first practice excellence event back in April. Please click here.

BASELINE ASSESSMENT TOOL – ARC ADOPTION NE

This is a tool designed to help provide a picture of a child’s developmental functioning at the point of their placement with adopters and at intervals linking to the review process. This allows an objective measure of how a child is progressing developmentally from the point when the first assessment was completed and also the progress the child is making in building attachments with their adopters. Download here.

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ADOPTION SUPPORT AUDIT – ESRO

In Autumn 2015 ESRO was commissioned to carry out an initial audit of the adoption support offer. Initial findings revealed the diverse business models that exist in the sector. Only 52% of the sector hold contracts to provide wider adoption services. The next phase of the research is looking at gaining a better understanding of the opportunity for VAAs to access the Adoption Support Fund and collaborative development of a more commercial offer. Read findings from their research here.

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