< This article has been updated. See final paragraph
Barnardo’s has entered into a partnership with an adoption service that provides specialist placements and therapeutic support to highly vulnerable children and young people, the charity has announced.
Adoptionplus, which is located in Milton Keynes and provides adoption services for Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, London, Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire, will eventually see its support services expanded across the country as part of the arrangement.
Adoptionplus will become a trading subsidiary of Barnardo’s but will retain its own identity.
Barnardo’s has said that any families or children currently supported by either the charity or Adoptionplus will experience no change to their level of service, and there will be no changes to any Adoptionplus centres as a result of the acquisition, the charity said.
A statement from Barnardo’s said the charity hoped the agreement would increase the quality of its family and placement service.
A spokeswoman for Barnardo’s said there were no plans for any job losses as a result of the acquisition.
Javed Khan, chief executive of Barnardo’s, said: "At Barnardo’s we’re committed to helping looked-after children enjoy safer and happier childhoods, and this partnership with Adoptionplus helps us do just that.
"This is a natural step forward for Barnardo’s as the UK’s largest independent adoption agency. By combining our existing expertise with the innovative, specialist services established by Adoptionplus, we will continue to offer the best possible support for children and people who would like to adopt."
Joanne Alper, director of services at Adoptionplus, said: "Our vision has led us to focus on effective service development, research, innovation and training in the fields of adoption and adoption support.
"As a small voluntary adoption agency, our capacity and reach has been limited. By joining with Barnardo’s, Adoptionplus will have the opportunity to contribute positively to the lives of many more children around the UK."
< This article originally said that Adoptionplus was based in the Home Counties but it offers services outside that region. Adoptionplus also says the arrangement is a partnership, rather than a takeover as originally stated in the article.