Thinking about adoption? VAAs are here for you.

Find out how VAAs have adapted their practice to ensure that you can start your adoption journey today. Read more

Responding to the coronavirus

What is CVAA doing to support members through the challenges and business risks brought about by the coronavirus? Read more

10 Facts to Celebrate LGBT+ Adoption & Fostering Week

10 facts celebrating New Family Social's LGBT+ Adoption and Fostering Week. Read more

#CareDay20: Celebrating care-experienced people and #Reimagining the care system

Care Day is the world’s biggest celebration of children and young people with care experience, with this year’s theme focussed on #Reimagining the care system. Read more

Scottish Independent Care Review publishes final reports

Every child who experiences the care system in Scotland should be able to say, ‘We grow up loved, safe, and respected so that we realise our full potential.’ Read more

Minister for Children and Families (England) strengthens new government’s commitment to children and adoption

The Minister for Children and Families, Michelle Donelan MP, has written to all local authorities (LAs) to ensure that they are considering adoption and welcoming prospective adopters. Read more

VAAs make 24% of placements in 2018/19

The Adoption and Special Guardianship Leadership Board (ASGLB) has published data on the adoption system up to 31 March 2019. Read more

CVAA welcomes announcement of further funding for adoption support and recruitment

CVAA welcomes the government's announcement of a further £45 million for Adoption Support Fund and £1+ million to support cross-sector adopter recruitment. Read more

#ChildrenAtTheHeart - 140+ organisations call on all political parties to put children and young people at the heart of this General Election.

We are joining NCB and over 140 other organisations in calling on all political parties to put children at the heart of this General Election and the next government. Read more

What do the parties’ 2019 general election manifestos have to say about adoption and permanence?

All of the political parties are in full campaigning mode and it can be difficult to make sense of all the information out there, so we’ve cut through the noise to pull out the text from each manifesto which shows where the parties stand on the care system, adoption, permanence, schools and mental health. Read more

Children in care and care leavers’ charity Become publishes ‘A system that cares: A manifesto for care-experienced children and young people’

In the run-up to next month’s general election, children in care and care leavers’ charity Become has published a manifesto that they hope all parties will prioritise in their own manifestos. ‘A system that cares’ asks five major things of the next government. Read more

Practice Programme Recap: Assessing and Matching 30 Oct 2019, Coram, London

Read more about the discussions at our most recent practice programme event. Read more

CVAA Member and Subscriber Benefits - Adoption in Media

CVAA members and subscribers receive a weekly e-bulletin of adoption stories that have recently been featured in the media. Read more

Charlotte Ramsden reflects on National Adoption Week

Charlotte Ramsden, Chair of the ADCS Health, Care & Additional Needs Policy Committee and Strategic Director of Children and Adult Services, Salford Council, has written a lovely reflective blog post on National Adoption Week. Read more

The Guardian: Adoption Support

CVAA welcome the release of a Guardian article on adoption support. Read more

CVAA responds to the Secretary of State’s announcement in National Adoption Week

CVAA welcomes the Secretary of State’s announcement in National Adoption Week on the continuation of the Adoption Support Fund (ASF) in England. Read more

Press release from the Department for Education: new government drive to find more adoptive parents

Adoptive families and children are set to benefit from a multi-million pound investment into programmes aimed at helping them overcome past trauma, the Education Secretary announced in a speech today. Read more

Research to be published on effective therapeutic intervention for older adopted children

This #NationalAdoptionWeek, our focus at CVAA is on the importance of #AdopterChoice. Prospective adopters have many options when deciding on an agency, and one of many important things to consider is the availability of adoption support services. Read more

CVAA marks National Adoption Week 2019 by celebrating the amazing work of voluntary adoption agencies

Adopting is an immensely rewarding choice that provides children who have had a difficult start in life with stability, security and boundless love. It can also present some real challenges. That’s where the VAAs come in. Read more

Petra Jodlova joins CVAA as Practice Development Manager

We are pleased to introduce CVAA’s new Practice Development Manager, Petra Jodlova, who joined the team on 4 September. Read more

Update: Facing New Frontiers: Access to Records in Post-Commencement Adoptions

Since summer 2018, CVAA has been working with Julia Feast OBE, an Independent Consultant who specialises in the life-long issues of being adopted, in care and donor-conceived, on developing policies, procedures and guidance in the area of access to records and support for adopted adults and birth relatives in adoptions that took place on or after 30 December 2005. Read more