Government cash will aid adoption charity

Adoption UK chief executive Hugh Thornbery NNL-150326-152646001
Adoption UK chief executive Hugh Thornbery NNL-150326-152646001

Banbury-based Adoption UK has been awarded two government grants totalling £300,000 to support its life-changing work.

The charity will use one of the Voluntary and Community Sector grants, both awarded by the Department for Education, to launch its new Voice of Adopters project.

This initiative will enable adoptive parents to share their experiences with feedback used to help improve practice in local adoption agencies.

“Adoption UK is the largest voice of adoptive families in the UK,” said chief executive Hugh Thornbery.

“Creating and facilitating the Voice of Adopters project will allow us to represent even more adoptive families by encouraging adoptive parents to share experiences online and in person.

“We will enable adopters to get directly involved in how services are delivered in their area and put adopters central to developments in service design and delivery.”

The charity will use the other grant to provide support to adoptive families experiencing child-to-parent violence.

Mr Thornbery added: “This second grant will allow us to deliver support and to share proven methods of preventing and managing challenging behaviour that works for both child and parents on a wider scale.”