Cornerstone aims to improve the lives of children and families touched by the care system.
Cornerstone has developed an effective and impactful model of peer-led support in adoption and foster care recruitment. Through their mentoring and training programmes, Cornerstone has successfully accelerated placements, reduced placement breakdowns and achieved significant cost savings for the local authorities.
Cornerstone was founded in 2014 by two experienced adopter parents who, having gone through the experience of adopting, identified the opportunities within the system to improve the process of assessing, supporting and training adopters and foster carers. Cornerstone has developed a new model of service delivery which creates more stable and swifter placements, especially for harder to place children.
SASC has provided Cornerstone with a £500,000 loan to support the growth and expansion of the organisation’s adoption and foster care mentoring services, including therapeutic parenting training, 1:1 peer mentoring and a mix of online and face to face workshops and education training. The funding will allow them to employ 5 additional staff members to roll out their existing services across the UK and invest in emerging technology, particularly exploring tech-based solutions in the field of social care and social policy.
Our investment will help Cornerstone continue improving outcomes for adoptive families and children and generate greater efficiencies to Local Authorities. Cornerstone will initially expand its services to 15 Local Authorities and will look to expand to another 50 over the next five years. Through their work, they will continue reducing the number of moves children make, the number of children that are placed a long way from home, and the number that are in residential care. This will result in significant savings to local authorities and long term benefits for the children including improved educational achievement, better health, better job prospects, lower offending rates and lower substance abuse issues.