It’s All About Me (IAAM) - Bridges Fund Management

    

    
























 






    
	            
			    
    



		
		    

    
    
    





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It’s All About Me (IAAM)

A new nationwide scheme to find families for ‘harder to place’ children, who would otherwise grow up in foster care or children’s homes

Investment Strategy

Outcomes Contracts

Theme

Healthier Lives

Date of initial investment

September 2013

Bridges Executives

Andrew Leviitt
Mila Lukic

Thesis

Each year in the UK, thousands of children are awaiting adoption. Around 3,500 children have been waiting 18 months or more. Research shows that if a child grows up in the care system, they are less likely to succeed at school and less likely to find a job as an adult. To achieve more positive life outcomes, there is a pressing need to find positive family environments for children that are ‘harder to place’, so that they don’t grow up in the care system. 

 

Investment

We are supporting a programme called It’s All About Me (IAAM). IAAM is a nationwide scheme to find and train adoptive families for harder to place children. The IAAM programme is delivered by seven organisations: Action for Children; Adoption Matters NW; After Adoption; Caritas Care; Family Futures, PACT and South London & Maudsley NHS. Project finance and project management support is provided from Bridges.

 

Target Outcomes

IAAM aims to give children a greater chance of better long-term outcomes than if they had remained in the care system. To date, 21 children have been
placed with a families. 17 of these placements have been stable for at least two years.