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Adoption charities to merge

Two leading adoption charities are set to merge to maintain and develop services for children and parents across England and Wales. Adoption Support, working in the West Midlands, will join After Adoption to find families for children and provide support to ensure the placements are successful.

The partnership aims to make innovative programmes more accessible to families across theWest Midlandsand to build partnerships and collaboration across the sector.

Lynn Charlton, chief executive of After Adoption, says: “We have worked closely with Adoption Support throughout our history and are pleased to be able to pool our collective experience. Adoption Support has done some ground breaking work and we are encouraged that the experienced team want to continue to work with us and share their knowledge.

“We are contacting everyone who is currently receiving a service from Adoption Support and I want to reassure them again that we are committed to providing ongoing uninterrupted support in the future.

“By consolidating resources and experience in this manner it is hoped that we are able to have a greater impact to more people for as long as is needed. After Adoption is privileged to become custodians of Adoption Support’s legacy.”

Julie McBride, manager of Adoption Support welcomes the move, saying: “This merger means that the work we started 30 years ago will continue. We have a great deal in common with After Adoption and we are pleased to entrust the future of adoption support services in theWest Midlandsto them.”

Professor Hugh McLaughlin, chair of After Adoption, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to combine the considerable talents of two important organisations to increase our public benefit and make a real difference to society.”

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