CoramBAAF delivered a series of webinars in relation to diversity and adoption on behalf of Adoption England. These short webinars explore promising practice in adoption work in relation to issues of diversity. We will be hearing from practitioners and experts who will be able to inform and educate us about practicing in an anti-discriminatory way that embraces the diversity of children and adopters. The webinars are intended to be short and accessible so that practitioners can engage with them in working hours and take key learning from them.

The National Adoption Strategy (2021) set out an ambition to increase the number of people registering their interest in adoption, to target recruitment around the needs of those children waiting longest, improve the quality and responsiveness of adoption services and support the adoption workforce so they are supporting adoptive families in the best possible way and achieving better outcomes for those children. In developing the National Adoption Strategy, a number of working groups focusing on key aspects of the national strategy have been set up, including a group focussed on increasing the diversity and numbers of adopters. These webinars will explore key themes that are being developed as part of that work.

For social workers, reflection on these sessions may contribute to your continuing professional development (CPD). Please note that the following videos include discussions of topics and experiences that may be triggering or upsetting.

Transracial Adoption

Transracial Adoption

The webinar explored different approaches that give adopters the right tools to support a child in relation to the their identity. Within the webinar Yoni will talked about how to use play to support and explore identity.

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Lunch & Learn

Family finding and adoption assessment

Key considerations in relation to diversity and good practice. Yoni Ejo returns in part two of our six-part series on diversity and inclusion to deliver a presentation on family finding and adoption assessment.

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Expressions of Self | Understanding care-experienced young people’s intersectional identities, through their stories

The Expressions of Self research project listened to minoritised looked-after young people’s narratives on ethnicity, religion and identity, to inform policy and practice about their needs. This session is an introduction to the research project and covers the early findings and explores the different kinds of impact that their identities can have on young people’s journeys through care.

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LGBTQ+ Adoption

This event addressed the numerous challenges the LGBTQ+ community faces while caring for children, including discrimination, lack of inclusive support, and societal stigmatisation.

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Embracing diversity: supporting trans, non-binary and gender diverse adopters

As LGBTQ+ people are an ever-increasing proportion of adopters, it's crucial that adoption agencies and professionals adapt to the diverse needs and identities of prospective adoptive parents.

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