The Andrew and Virginia Rudd Centre for Adoption Research and Practice at the University of Sussex has been established thanks to a generous donation from Andrew and Virginia Rudd.
The aim of the new Centre is to advance insights into the social, psychological, and community-based processes that play a role in the development of children and young people across multiple family settings, with a particular emphasis on the specific challenges faced by adopted children and their families. It will draw on state-of-the-art scientific and practice-based advances to inform our knowledge of how adoption, family separation, institutionalisation, foster-care, maltreatment and other family processes influence children’s development, with a core orientation toward improving understanding of how supports may be offered early to those most vulnerable and at-risk. A unique initiative in the UK, the Sussex Rudd Centre is fundamentally directed towards advancing scientific knowledge, practice improvements and policy developments around vulnerable children and families.
It is the ambition of the Sussex Rudd Centre to promote its core objectives through three interrelated and complementary domains of activity:
- Development of research and real-world applications of research findings;
- Research led training and professional development;
- Engagement and partnership with community professionals/practitioners, service providers, policy makers, family advocacy agencies, as well as parents, children and families directly.
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