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Merger as strategy

The experience of TACT Fostering & Adoption

December 2011

Ben Cairns, Romayne Hutchison, Rebecca Moran


TACT Fostering & Adoption (TACT) is the UK’s largest charity and voluntary agency providing fostering and adoption services in England, Scotland and Wales. Between October 2004 and August 2007, TACT merged with four smaller organisations operating variously in the fields of fostering, adoption and campaigning to promote better justice for children.   This report is based on feedback from staff and trustees involved in the respective mergers as well as our own perspective as facilitators and advisers on the mergers. Merger as strategy provides an insight into the planning, discussions and challenges faced by TACT and its merger partners, as well as some of the critical success factors.   This report is aimed at the staff and trustees of other organisations contemplating merger. It forms a companion to Thinking about … Merger.



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