CVAA is the Consortiumof Voluntary Adoption Agencies.

Welcome to the website for the Consortium of Voluntary Adoption Agencies (CVAA) UK. Our members provide specialist, high quality adoption services to children and families across the United Kingdom. The CVAA mission is to ensure CVAA member agencies are enabled to deliver services of excellence to children, adoptive families, and all those considering adoption, or who have been affected by it.


Getting help with adoption

If you are interested in adopting our members can work with you to provide the support and guidance you need. We can direct you to a VAA near you and to other resources that can help get you started on your adoption journey. Please click here for more information.

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Working with the Voluntary Sector

We work very closely with local authorities, government, regulators and other partners to deliver the best, most joined-up and high quality services we can. If you would like to find out more about working with the sector please click here.

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About Us

Find out more about who we are, our mission and objectives and how to contact us. We also host the sector wide Adoption Leadership Board (ALB).

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Special Guardianship (Amendment) Regulations 2016


Key changes to the Special Guardianship Regulations 2016.

Mon February, 2016 Read More

NICE Quality Standards Advisory Committee 2 – Thursday 10th March 2016


The public registration facility to observe the NICE committee meeting for children’s attachment will open on Thursday 11th February on the NICE website.

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Commissioning Adoption Support – Good Practice Guide


Department for Education has provided CVAA with a guide for commissioning adoption support. This guide should to be used by Local Authorities. However, in the move to RAAs, both LAs and VAAs should consider any new approach to commissioning where appropriate.

Fri February, 2016 Read More

NICE – Quality standard topic engagement exercise – Children’s attachment


You may be aware that a NICE quality standard on children’s attachment is currently being developed…

Fri January, 2016 Read More

DfE press release: Education Secretary unveils plans to change adoption law


At the same time Government announces extension of adoption support fund till 2020.

Thu January, 2016 Read More

Changes to adoption law prioritise placing children ‘as quickly as possible’


Courts and councils will have to give top priority to adoption for children in care in the future, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has confirmed.

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Adoption System Leaders Honoured in Queen’s New Year’s List


Two well-known figures in adoption have each been awarded the Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen’s New Year Honours List 2016.

Wed January, 2016 Read More

CVAA Practice Sharing event


CVAA would like to share best and emerging practice after a successful workshop.

Mon December, 2015 Read More

NICE guideline on children’s attachment


The final guideline has now been published on the NICE website

Thu November, 2015 Read More

Recruitment to the Quality Standard Advisory Committee for children’s attachment


Recruitment for specialist membership of the children’s attachment quality standard Quality Standard Advisory Committee (QSAC) has started.

Wed November, 2015 Read More

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