Statement of Purpose

As a Registered Voluntary Adoption agency, the Society delivers a comprehensive range of high quality professional services, both pre- and post- adoption to families and children.

The Society’s main focus is on providing secure and sustainable adoptive placements for vulnerable children through the Adoption Connections service. The Society can also offer Fostering for Adoption placements. It also provides counselling and support as appropriate through the Birth Connections and Building Connections services to those whose lives have been affected by adoption or other permanent placements.

Our full Statement of Purpose can be found at the bottom of this page.

Our Vision and Aims

  1. We believe all children have the right to grow up as part of a loving family and we will deliver services to support this.
  2. We believe that the child’s welfare, safety, and needs are at the centre of the adoption process and therefore the focus is on permanency and creating a stable family life. Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults is core to our work.
  3. We acknowledge that adoption is a lifelong evolving process for all those involved and therefore adopted people should have access to information and services to help them deal with adoption-related matters.
  4. We will provide a personal, effective, and flexible service to everyone affected by adoption - before, during and after placement.
  5. We believe in a holistic approach and in working in partnership with other agencies and Local Authorities to achieve the best outcomes for children and their families and everyone affected by adoption.
  6. Our services aim to be non-judgmental, diverse, and inclusive. We strive for equity and are open to compliments and feedback on how we can improve our services through continuous learning and engagement with our key stakeholders. We embrace difficult conversations for the learning opportunities they provide, to be the best we can be individually and collectively.
  7. As an employer we support workforce development and are committed to providing staff members with suitable opportunities for personal and professional development of skills and responsibilities. We strive to create a sense of belonging and embrace equity, diversity and inclusion in our workforce and supplier network.


The Society is first and foremost committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expects all prospective adopters, staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We apply recruitment and selection procedures and carry out safeguarding checks which seek to ensure that no adopter, employee or volunteer is approved who may pose a risk to children or is otherwise unsuitable.

Our Statement of Purpose

This document sets out, in detail, the Statement of Purpose of the adoption service of St. Francis’ Children’s Society, as required by the Voluntary Adoption Agencies and the Adoption Agencies (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations Si 2003/367 and the Voluntary Adoption Agencies (Amendments Regulations SI 2005/3341).  It is updated annually by us and is approved by our Council of Trustees.

We can arrange for the document to be translated, explained or produced in a different format to suit the needs of staff, service users or volunteers. Click here to read our 2021 Statement of Purpose in full.

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