Andrew and Virginia Rudd Centre for Adoption Research and Practice

Understanding ‘what helps and what hurts’ children in the context of contemporary family life is key to promoting knowledge aimed at supporting children's positive emotional, behavioural and educational development.

The Andrew and Virginia Rudd Centre for Adoption Research and Practice at Sussex is taking a broad and interdisciplinary approach, drawing on expertise in the areas of psychology, social work, education, law and medicine, to improve understanding as to how positive developmental outcomes for children may be promoted in the context of modern family life.

While the Centre facilitates knowledge relating to children’s welfare and well-being across all family types, specific attention is directed toward promoting knowledge through research relating to children who are reared by parents other than their biological mothers and fathers, specifically children who have been adopted, experienced family transition (e.g. parental separation-divorce and remarriage), or spent time in institutional or foster care.

A core objective of the Centre is the provision of scientific knowledge linked to practice developments that inform policy-based decision-making aimed at improving outcomes for children, parents, carers and families in in the UK and internationally.


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