Adoption charities set to merge

The adoption charities Adoption Focus and Faith in Families are to merge. 

The Midlands-based organisations, which are of similar size and collectively employ about 60 people, said they had agreed to merge on 1 January under the Adoption Focus name. 

The charities said the new organisation would become one of the largest voluntary adoption agencies in England with a combined annual income of more than £3.5m. 

Trustees and staff from both organisations would be “fully integrated” through the merger, a statement said, and a spokesperson said there would be no redundancies as a result of the move. 

Anna Sharkey, chief executive of Adoption Focus, has been appointed to lead the merged charity. Laura Payne, chief executive of Faith in Families, will step down at the end of the year to become a consultant. 

Nottingham-based Faith in Families, which was founded in 1948 as the Catholic Children’s Society, runs a voluntary adoption agency called Adopt Together. 

It remains to be seen what will become of those brands after the merger, a Faith in Families spokesperson said. 

Adoption Focus, which was formed in 2009 and is based in Marston Green, Birmingham, is registered with the Charity Commission as the Family Society, which also operates a fostering service called the Triangle Project. 

Edward Hayes, chair of Faith in Families, said: “I am certain that this merger with Adoption Focus will allow the excellent work done by our charity over the past 70 years to continue and develop.

“Our two agencies, both grown from original diocesan children’s societies, share the same values and the same excellent Ofsted ratings. 

“This creation of a new Midlands-wide adoption agency and children’s support-based charity brings new opportunities and benefits, and ensures that our motto, ‘from our traditional roots their future blossoms’, will continue to be the aim of our work for many years into the future.”

Benjamin James, chair of Adoption Focus, said: “We have worked alongside Faith in Families for many years, and respect and value its long history of making better lives for children.

“I am delighted that we are able to welcome the Faith in Families team into Adoption Focus, along with the children and families it supports. 

“We are committed to providing lifelong support to those who have been adopted and their families, and will do so not only for our families but those created through Faith in Families.”

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