People interested in adopting a child will be able to be to join a mentoring scheme in which they receive advice and assistance from established adopters.
The ‘Cornerstone’ initiative has been granted £500,000 in government funding to encourage families embarking on adoption to link up with those who have already done so for encouragement and insights into aspects of their new role. The advice will include such topics as how to help the adopted children settle into their new homes and how to talk to them about their birth families and the circumstances of their adoption.
Cornerstone was devised by two adoptive parents. It will initially run in Berkshire before being expanded across London and the South East of England.
Children’s Minister Edward Timpson described Cornerstone as “innovative”. It would, he said, “support adoptive families – from those who have been adopting for years to those at the beginning of the journey – every step of the way.”
Cornerstone co-founder Helen Keenan added:
“Our mission is simple, to help more families to adopt children who need loving homes, and we can’t wait to get started.”
Cornerstone was funded via a Department for Education initiative: the Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme.
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