March 22, 2018 07:19
Was just wondering if anyone had any experience of either Coram in London or Hertfordshire LA? We are just at the point of trying to decide. I like both. I kind of feel Coram will be more on it and that they will have more children to match with us (as we are mixed race) but I also feel like they were a bit negative towards us when we talked about ethnicity. Hertfordshire were much more positive on the open evening and I think they would let us start sooner.
I think my heart is saying LA and my head is saying VA.
March 22, 2018 10:45
March 22, 2018 19:40
Hi, I went through Herts and would be happy to answer any questions. I think it's difficult to say as, having worked with LA, I have no idea what it's like with a VA, and I assume it's the same vice versa. So I couldn't give a comparison but my experience of Hertfordshire was overall positive - some of their admin stuff was not great as they are so overworked, and from what I gather there is more bureaucracy with an LA, but we had a wonderful social worker and the approval process was pretty straightforward. That said, as soon as the AO came through we had no dealings with them whatsoever and that was 3 years ago, so I don't know what post-adoption support is like. Please feel free to PM me if you want to ask anything more.
March 22, 2018 22:48
Thanks BlueBoo, it seems that they are both good so either way sounds like we will be in good hands, which is reassuring.