Working with Families Hub Meeting - Interagency Adoption: Barriers to finding adoptive placements for 'harder to place' children

North Holmes Road, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 1QU, Public, TBC
Friday 8 December 2017 (10:00-12:30)
Email Charmian Cowie, or phone 01227 782766
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End of year celebration - Interagency Adoption: Barriers to finding adoptive placements for ‘harder to place’ children

Led by Dr Ruth Rogers | Venue - Newton Nt07

Children who are in large sibling groups, 5 years or older, ethnic minority children, or those with disabilities are considered ‘harder to place’ and tend to wait much longer for an adoptive placement. One reason for the long wait is that when an LA places a child/children with adopters outside the LA, they must pay the adopters LA/agency a minimum fee of £27,000 in order to compensate for the cost of adopter recruitment, assessment and support. In July 2015, for 15 months, the government began subsiding this fee for ‘harder to place’ children.

This seminar discusses the findings from the recently funded DfE research looking at the impact of the fee subsidy. The study, conducted by Manchester Metropolitan University, University of East Anglia and Canterbury Christ Church, involved 7 LAs (3 unitary authorities, 2 metropolitan boroughs and 2 county authorities) and 3 VAAs spread across the North and South of England. The research explored the views of professionals and adopters in relation to key issues in finding homes for harder to place children.

Calling all professionals, volunteers and students who work with families, the Research Centre for Children, Families and Communities at Canterbury Christ Church University warmly invites you to the next meeting of the Working with Families Hub.


The Working with Families hub is a free, informal, bi-monthly event for all those working with parents and families, including practitioners, volunteers and students. Hub members work in charities, community groups, schools, nurseries, children's centres, health centres and many other settings. You can attend the hub as many or as few times as you like. At the hub you will have the opportunity to:

  • Come and network with colleagues working in similar areas
  • Hear about the work of local services
  • Hear about research evidence on working effectively with parents and families
  • Access information and expertise on service evaluation
  • Reflect on your own practice and share insights
  • Help inform the parent and family research undertaken by our centre.

Topic to be confirmed.

This event is open to the public.


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