CAG and PiCs are pleased to announce they are joining forces

17th Jan, 2019

Core Assets Group (CAG) and Partnerships in Children’s Services (PiCs) are pleased to announce they are joining forces to create the UK’s exemplar national specialist fostering network.

The new network created today has a clear vision to significantly enhance the delivery of best-in-class fostering and children’s services across the country.

This new network brings together a number of the UK’s leading fostering and children’s services agencies including CAG’s Core Assets Children’s Services, Foster Care Associates, Fostering People, Active Care Solutions, Adopters for Adoption and LCS (Leaving Care Solutions), alongside PiCs’ Clifford House, FosterPlus, ISP and Orange Grove.

All the agencies comprising the enlarged network will continue their primary focus on delivering best-in-class standard and therapeutic children’s services across the country, in close co-operation with their respective local authority partners.

All agencies will continue to be operated independently. There will be no change to agency organisation structures, the services we provide, or the locations of those services as a result of this announcement.

The enlarged network creates the opportunity for CAG and PiCs to combine resources, expertise and specialisms to further enhance their high quality of care and continue delivering the very best outcomes possible for the children in their care.

Paul Marriner, Non-Executive Chairman of Core Assets Group said:

“Core Assets Group is delighted to partner with Partnerships in Children’s Services to create the UK’s exemplar children’s services provider, specialising in fostering.

PiCs’ agencies and their geographic footprint, quality ethos and highly experienced people are all highly complementary to Core Assets Group’s operations.

PiCs has a great reputation as an outstanding fostering provider with specialist expertise in therapeutic services, which we believe serves a critical and unmet need. PiCs adds to our network this specialist capability and regions where we are not currently present.

We see great potential to roll-out our full range of services nationally and to innovate to improve our ability to help vulnerable children.

We look forward to working with PiCs staff, foster parents and our local authority partners in pursuing our combined vision to provide market-leading children’s services to some of the most vulnerable in society.”

Jo August, Chief Executive Officer of PiCs commented on the announcement:

“Partnerships in Children’s Services is totally dedicated to helping children and young people find a well-suited family environment where they can develop, thrive and feel secure.

Having grown up in a family that fostered and from my 31 years of working in the sector, I have an intimate knowledge of the needs of looked after children and foster parents and am acutely aware of the need to deliver the best outcomes for children in our care.

Children will remain at the heart of everything we do, and we are looking forward to partnering with the Core Assets Group team, adding their experience and network to our own to build stronger, happier lives for every child in our care.

I am truly excited for the many opportunities this collaboration will bring for the children in our care and our foster parents.”