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Cornerstone Adoption Support Programme

A wraparound adoption service including community recruitment, pre- and post-adoption mentoring and therapeutic training, to ensure children approved for adoption have timely access to confident, skilled and well-supported adoptive parenting.

Project Description

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.

The model has three key components:

The training and mentoring of adoptive parents is continuing and now includes foster carers.

To date, all local authorities who were in the pilot continue to use the model.


The DfE-funded independent evaluation published in 2017 found that although fewer, not more parents were recruited during the first year of the programme, the average time children waited across the 4 Adopt Berkshire authorities for a family to be found improved from 170-452 days in the previous year to 106-435 days.

Lead Organisation

The Cornerstone Partnership


Royal Borough Windsor & Maidenhead

Bracknell Forest Borough Council

Wokingham Borough Council

West Berkshire Borough Council

London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham

Westminster City Council

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

London Borough of Ealing

London Borough of Hounslow

Slough Children’s Services Trust

Reading Borough Council

DDP Institute

Coram BAAF






Helen Keenan

Chief Executive

0162 863 6376


Funding Information

Funding theme: Other

Total amount awarded


Round 1 Dec 2014

Other information