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Joanne Wedderspoon

Development Manager

Charities Aid Foundation

CASE STUDY: THE INTERCOUNTRY ADOPTION CENTRE (IAC)

31 July 2018

The Intercountry Adoption Centre (IAC) is a voluntary adoption agency, undertaking all the required work in respect of the preparation, assessment and approval of intercountry adopters. IAC began in 1992 as a Department of Health funded advice line for intercountry adoption, and since then it has broadened its adoption support services and programmes. 

IAC is the largest provider of intercountry adoptions in the UK a year, offering both intercountry and domestic adoption programmes, which has been accredited by international agencies.  IAC’s domestic adoption programme focuses on “hard to place” UK children, covering children with disabilities, developmental delay, or health uncertainty as well as those who are in sibling groups, of black minority ethnic groups, or older children.

IAC’s journey with CAF Venturesome began in 2014 with their first unsecured loan, subsequently then they have taken two more loans to support its growth strategy.

Since April 2016, 15 children, all of whom are defined as harder to place, have been placed domestically with 13 families. In the same period, 57 children have been placed from overseas and are now living with their adoption families in the UK.

But that’s not all – after placement, their team maintain ongoing involvement with families until the adopted child reaches the age of 18.

"The support of CAF Venturesome over recent years has been invaluable.   The CAF team has taken the time to get to know IAC; its mission, activities and senior personnel. Its support has facilitated the charity’s development and growth in an ever changing adoption environment and has enabled this Agency to find adoptive families in the UK for approaching 250 children from local authority care here and from institutions across the globe."

Want to know more? Talk to our team on 03000 123 300 or email us at venturesome@cafonline.org and we’ll be happy to help.