Contact in adoption in the digital age: Where do we go from here? ONE DAY CONFERENCE
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There is growing discontent with the current system for arranging and managing contact. Research from Professor Beth Neil's Contact after Adoption study has generated significant discussions on social media and there is a developing consensus about a need for change. These issues have also been raised by the President of the Family Division, Lord Justice Andrew McFarlane.
The adoption sector needs to establish a coherent, evidence-based model for contact in adoption that is relevant and meaningful to those involved, and contact needs to be firmly embedded within the strategy and operation of regional adoption agencies. The success or not of contact arrangements rests upon a complex network of relationships between adopters, their children and the birth relatives. These will shift and change over the life span. Children's needs must be held at the centre.
This conference will begin to identify what a sector-wide child-centred model of post-adoption contact could look like and will explore several key questions:
- How can we balance the child's needs to be safe and to belong in their new family while answering core questions about their life story and identity, as well as maintaining meaningful connections with significant people from their past?
- How can we best assess the benefits and risks in different arrangements?
- Current forms of contact are difficult to sustain and can seem meaningless in the digital age - what arrangement will be more suitable?
- What does research evidence tell us and how can it help us develop new models?
- How best can we plan and support contact with a practice model that is child-centred?
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
This conference brings together sector leaders and experts as well as parents and young people with different experiences of contact arrangements. We plan that the issues identified, discussed and learnt about at the conference will stimulate a more robust model of contact fit for the future of adoption. Policy makers, adoption managers, social workers, IROs and CAFCASS guardians will be key to these discussions.
Lord Justice Andrew McFarlane, President of the Family Division - Keynote address
Professor Beth Neil, Director of Research for the School of Social Work, University of East Anglia
Dr John Simmonds OBE, Director of Policy, Research and Development, CoramBAAF Adoption and Fostering Academy
Practitioners on new approaches to contact
Speakers with direct experience of contact in adoption
9.30am Registration and refreshments
10.00am Welcome and introduction
10.10am The perspective of the courts and the law - Lord Justice Andrew McFarlane, President of the Family Division
10.50am The relational world of permanence - Dr John Simmonds OBE, Director of Policy, Research and Development, CoramBAAF
11.30am Refreshment break
11.50am What does research tell us? - Professor Beth Neil, Director of Research for the School of Social Work, University of East Anglia
12.30pm The perspective of adoptive parents and birth parents
1.40pm Perspectives on developing a contact model - Gail Spray, Adoption Support Development Manager, Adoption Counts RAA, and Raquel Vieth, Assistant Team Manager Looked After Children, London Borough of Sutton
2.40pm Experiences and voices of young people
3.00pm Where do we go from here? A roundtable discussion
3.40pm Summary - action, levers for change
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