A MARSTON Green adoption agency is set to merge with another to become one of the largest groups in the country.
Adoption Focus and Nottingham-based children’s charity Faith in Families have agreed to complete the merger in January.
The new agency will operate under the name Adoption Focus and will cover from the South Yorkshire border to the M25, including the West Midlands.
With 60 employees, it will be one of the largest voluntary adoption agencies in the country.
The trustees and staff of Adoption Focus and Faith in Families will be fully integrated – building on the strengths, knowledge and practice each organisation has developed.
Each agency has been rated Outstanding by Ofsted.
Benjamin James, chairperson at Adoption Focus, said: “We have worked alongside Faith in Families for many years, and respect and value their long history of making better lives for children.
“I am delighted we are able to welcome the Faith in Families’ team into Adoption Focus, along with the children and families they support.
“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.”
Edward Hayes, chair of the board of trustees at Faith in Families, said: “On behalf of the Board of Trustees of Faith in Families 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.”