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IAC is delighted to share the news that Founder and Former CEO Gill Haworth and key IAC leader Jan Way have been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours. Awarded an OBE and MBE respectively, these women pioneered the creation and delivery of high quality international adoptions in the UK, including creating and leading IAC, the charity that places vulnerable children from around the world with UK adoptive families.
IAC are delighted to announce the appointment of a new Chief Executive, Satwinder Sandhu, with effect from 2nd January 2019. He will work alongside founder and current Chief Executive, Gill Haworth, for three months to ensure a smooth transition. This follows a long recruitment campaign headed by Gatenby Sanderson. Satwinder comes with an extensive background in adoption and fostering work as a social worker and leader, having worked across the public, independent and third sectors for over twenty three years. This includes managing and developing intercountry adoption services as well as support services for adopters.
Following research undertaken in 2015/2016 by Dr Mary Mather and Dr Natalia Bell, Medical Advisors to IAC, on the quality of adoption medical reports submitted to IAC by agencies overseas, a new and comprehensive Medical and Developmental Assessment form for use by families adopting children from overseas has now been developed. The new form is available without charge to all prospective adopters working with IAC from the assessment and post approval teams, and to Local Authority who subscribe to IAC through the Subscriber Gateway. The form comes in two formats – a PDF which can be printed and filled in by hand, and a downloadable form which can be completed on screen. Local Authorities who do not subscribe to IAC services may purchase the form at a cost of £50.
Earlier this year IAC published a Young Person's Guide to Adoption Support, aimed at the 10 plus age group who have been adopted, either domestically or through an intercountry adoption route. Its a small booklet that answers some of the questions that teenagers might ask as they grow up and also gives them information about who they can talk to if they have other questions beyond those that a parent or parents can answer. Ideally it is helpful if a parent and young person look at the guide together. This is a companion piece to the Children's Guide to Adoption Support for younger readers so if you have a child who is 10 plus please click on READ MORE to download a copy.