Andrew and Virginia Rudd Centre for Adoption Research and Practice


Current Collaborators

CoramBAAF Adoption & Fostering Academy and Dr John Simmonds: CoramBAAF Adoption & Fostering Academy is the leading membership organisation dedicated to improving outcomes for children and young people in care by supporting the agencies and professionals who work with them.

Family Futures: Aim to improve the lives of children who have not been given the best start in life – by finding them new, secure families; by working with families to help them parent traumatised children differently; and by providing leading edge training and development to parent and health care professionals – to create happy family environments for today, tomorrow and beyond.

Adoption UK: Support service for adoptive families.  A leading charity providing support, awareness and understanding for  those parenting or supporting children who cannot live with their birth parents.  Adoption UK provide peer to peer support, influence decision makers and provide training.

Adoption Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, East Sussex (AdCamhs): Offer long-term support to adoptive and birth families, and to people who have been adopted.

Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service, Wales (CAFCASS Cymru): Every year Cafcass helps over 140,000 children and young people who are going through care or adoption proceedings, or whose parents have separated and are unable to agree about future arrangements for their children. Cafcass is the voice of children in the family courts and helps to ensure that children’s welfare is put first during proceedings.

Barnardo’s Cymru: Provides services across the country working with vulnerable children, young people, families and communities, helping them to build a better future.

Early Intervention Foundation (EIF): Our mission is to champion and support the effective use of early intervention to tackle the root causes of social problems for children from conception to early adulthood. We focus particularly on early intervention that is shown to improve the social and emotional development of children and young people.

Post Adoption Group Brighton (PAG Brighton & Hove): Support group for adoptive families

Adoptive Families Group East Sussex (AFG East Sussex): Support group for adoptive families

East Sussex Virtual School; The Virtual School aims to help children and young people in care do as well at school and in their learning as possible.

Project Partnerships

The Sussex Rudd Centre has established partnerships with the following projects and resources:

The Early Growth and Development Study (EGDS): A nationwide prospective longitudinal study of over 500 children who were adopted at birth in the United States. The study has followed the adoptive families up to child age 11 years, and the biological parents for 10 years with repeat assessments. Retention rates are over 85% for both biological and adoptive families. The study aims to investigate the relationship between heredity and the family environment (nature and nurture), and to understand how they work together and separately in child development, and to uniquely inform evidence-led understanding of processes that impact adoptive parents, children, and families.

The Cardiff IVF Study (C-IVF): A genetically informative cross-sectional study of more than 1000 genetically related and genetically unrelated parent-child pairs with children following successful artificial reproductive treatment between 1994 and 2002 (child age 4 to 10 years). The study aims to investigate the effects of pre- and post-natal early environments on child development.

The Christchurch Health and Development Study (CHDS): A New Zealand longitudinal general population birth cohort of more than 1000 children who were born in the Christchurch urban region during 1977 and were followed from birth into adulthood (38+ years). It aims to follow health, education and life progress of these children as they develop.

The Early Prediction of Adolescent Depression (EPAD): A longitudinal high-risk sample of more than 300 parents with recurrent unipolar depression and their adolescent offspring (at first assessment: age 9-17 years) from the UK, followed up on 3 occasions (2007 – 2010). The study aimed to investigate the mechanisms of risk and resilience for the development of psychopathology across the course of adolescence.

The Oregon Juvenile Justice-Welfare Project: A sample of over 100 girls and their foster/kin parents in the final year of elementary school (~9 years old) participating in a randomised intervention trial designed to prevent the onset of delinquency among girls in foster care as they entered middle school. Participants were randomly and equally assigned to the intervention or to the foster care “as usual” condition.

The Russian School Twin Registry (RSTR) : An on-going project that aims to collect the data from ~100,000 twin pairs of school age (7-18years) in Russian Federation in order to contribute to Progress in Education through Gene-Environment Studies (PROGRESS).

The Beijing Twin Study: A longitudinal study of a representative sample of adolescent twins in Beijing (1,387 pairs of adolescent twins, mostly between the ages of 10 and 18 years). It aimed to investigate the aetiology of emotional and behavioural problems in China.

The English and Romanian Adoptee Study (ERA): A longitudinal study of 165 Romanian child adopted into the UK in the early 1990s (between the age of 0-42 months), most of whom had spent their lives in very deprived institutions. As a control group a comparison sample of 52 non-deprived adopted children from within the UK (i.e. who had not lived in institutions) were also studied. Both groups of children have been followed-up at age 15 years and in young adulthood. The study aims to investigate the extent to which children can recover from extreme deprivation in early life when it is followed by a safe family environment in middle childhood.