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 2 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.
Warwickshire County Council portfolio holder for Children’s Services, Councillor Jeff Morgan, said:
“Warwickshire County Council is dedicated to placing children at the heart of what we do and the ACE service is working tirelessly to support our children in care, searching for a permanent home. ACE provides a range of services and ongoing training and development to support and equip children and families with the skills they need for their adoptive journey.
“ACE has made great steps over the past two years and we look to continue to build on this going forward.”
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.
If you are interested in finding out more about adoption visit the ACE website: aceadoption.com or call ACE on 0300 369 0556 where an adoption social worker can answer your queries and provide you with more information about what adoption involves.