Adoption Central England (ACE), the regional adoption agency for Coventry, Warwickshire, Solihull, Herefordshire and Worcestershire, is celebrating its fourth anniversary this month by reflecting on the highlights of the past four years, supporting children and families involved in adoption.
The role of ACE is to ensure that there are adoptive parents ready to meet the needs of children who are waiting to be adopted and to support adoptive families to understand the needs of each other, allowing them to learn and grow together.
To celebrate the fourth anniversary ACE is reflecting on its progress and achievements and the changes and developments to the service over the past four years.
Year on year the service has been able to assess adoptive families for more than 80% of the children who are waiting for the opportunity to experience long term care and stability in an adoptive family.
As the first adoptive agency to become certified DDP organisation, ACE works with adopters, children, birth parents and adopted adults in a way that allows and encourages open, engaged and empathetic relationships.
A range of dedicated support services including ongoing training for adoptive parents, a dedicated therapeutic team and a clinical psychologist provide families with help, allowing them to respond to the different challenges they may face. Adoptive families may also have peer to peer support provided by the ACE buddy scheme, allowing adoptive families to be supported by adopters with shared experiences.
Solihull Council cabinet member for Children’s Services, Councillor Richard Holt said: “Supporting our adoptive children to have a safe and loving home is a key priority for Solihull and during the past four years the good work of ACE has helped provide many children with happy, settled childhoods.
Adopters are needed from all different backgrounds and communities and I would urge anyone considering adoption to get in touch with ACE for support and guidance.”
The ACE website was recently updated to refresh the style and provide easy access to a range of information about adoption for people thinking about adoption through to people affected by adoption. To find out more about ACE, visit aceadoption.com.
To read the bulletins and find out more about ACE’s anniversary click here.
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