The CVAA was established in 1993 by not-for-profit VAAs to ensure the on-going viability of the voluntary adoption sector. Our 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.

With improving outcomes for children at the heart of everything that we do, we support VAAs to place children with adoptive parents and provide lifelong support, to support birth families and reunite families separated through adoption. As a membership organisation CVAA serves and promotes the interests of member agencies in the four UK nations and the Isle of Man. CVAA currently represents all 34 VAAs.


The CVAA Strategic Objectives

CVAA has three strategic objectives


Strategic Objective 1

Develop and promote standards of excellence in all matters relating to adoption and adoption support best practice and management.


Strategic Objective 2

Increase the number of children successfully adopted by VAA approved adopters by promoting closer working together between VAAs and local authorities and all other stakeholders.


Strategic Objective 3

Maximise the contribution of member agencies by influencing policy and practice of adoption and adoption support in the UK at national, regional and local levels.

CVAA has increased its role in effectively influencing policy and practice in the UK at national, regional and local levels. Over the past three years we have responded both to tremendous opportunities and challenges in a fast changing adoption landscape. We are now more able than ever to create change and improve outcomes in the lives of children and families. Member agencies, both large and small, have been critical to our success and together we have flourished, we have shared learning, we have taken risks and we have started to unleash the power of innovation.