Achieving for Children

AfC social worker chosen as London Adoption Champion

A member of Achieving for Children’s social work team has been chosen as one of four adoption experts who will be championing plans for an adoption service for the whole of London. London’s Adoption Champions were selected by their peers for their expertise in delivering excellence in adoption services.

Clare Luby, Adoption Social Worker for AfC, will be joining Shirley Elliott, Head of Adoption, PACT Charity, Jeanne Kaniuk, Managing Director of Adoption, Coram, and Peter Sandiford, Chief Executive Officer, PAC-UK.

Each champion covers a different part of the adoption journey: recruitment and assessment of adopters, planning and early permanence, matching and adoption support. The champions will work together to talk with councils, voluntary adoption agencies, adopted children, their parents and people who want to adopt to help shape and inform options for a regional agency for London.

In June 2015 the Department for Education proposed regionalising adoption across the country, giving children and families the opportunity to access the same service and experience no matter where they live within a region.

Chris Munday, lead for the regionalisation of adoption for the Association of London Directors of Children’s Services, said:

“I am delighted to announce London’s adoption champions. These four adoption experts will facilitate conversations and raise awareness towards our vision of a London-wide adoption agency.

“Our vision is that through this agency all London’s children receive excellent services that meet their needs leading to excellent outcomes for them and their adoptive family. It’s all about improving the life chances for some of London’s most vulnerable children.”