Adoption agency in Milton Keynes launches project to help children facing trauma of moving homes

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Milton Keynes adoption agency St Francis’ Children’s Society (SFCS) has launched a new initiative offering an alternative route to adoption.

The Triangle Project will offer early permanence placements for vulnerable children which allows them to be placed with approved adopters who have also been approved as foster carers.

The project, launched on Thursday, March 1, sees SFCS entering into a partnership with another successful and experienced adoption agency, Adoption Focus, based in Birmingham.

Both agencies work with children who need a loving and secure home and to become a part of their new family as quickly as possible. But children in local authority care must wait while decisions are made about their futures.

Often, children experience a number of temporary placements with foster carers during this time.

Early permanence can decrease uncertainty for children by reducing the number of moves they experience and the trauma associated with this upheaval. The Triangle Project offers early permanence placements, where children are placed with foster carers who are likely to become their adopters.

Howard Parker, registered manager of The Triangle Project, said: “It’s very exciting that St Francis’ Children’s Society and Adoption Focus have been able to launch The Triangle Project together to offer early permanence placements for vulnerable children. Early permanence is a child-centred solution which means that while these children are in care they are less likely to endure the stress and damage of multiple moves and broken attachments.

“As the children are fostered at an early stage by the people who are likely to become their adopters, the bonding process can begin much earlier than in a standard adoptive placement.”

For more information about The Triangle Project and early permanence, please visit the new, dedicated website