Children waiting for adoption are experiencing a prolonged period prior to adoption, due to the mismatch between adopters and children waiting. The aim of the Cornerstone model was to improve early placement stability through better prepared and supported adopters, addressing the inconsistent provision of support and preparation for adopters during and into the placement.
We created a tripartite model of support including pre- and post-adoption mentoring by experienced adopters who were trained and supported to provide 1:1 support to prospective adopters; post-approval support groups with educational workshops and matching opportunities; and restorative parenting training and webinar-led programmes that provided access to tools, techniques, advice and relevant resources.
The training and mentoring of adoptive parents is continuing and now includes foster carers. To date, all LAs who were in the pilot continue to use the model.
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Royal Borough Windsor and Maidenhead, Bracknell Forest BC, Wokingham BC, West Berkshire BC, LB Hammersmith and Fulham, LB Westminster, LB Kensington and Chelsea, LB Ealing, LB Hounslow, Slough Children’s, Services Trust, Reading BC, DDP Institute, Coram BAAF