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Ade Larigo

Adefunke Larigo is the Founder and CEO of Agency Connection, the UK’s sole platform dedicated to promoting ethnic and cultural diversity within adoption and fostering panels. Recognising the profound need for inclusivity in this sector, she has specialised in simplifying the application process for panel roles and provides essential coaching to foster equity within adoption and fostering environments.

Adefunke is an authoritative voice on the tools that adoption and fostering agencies can utilise to address the unique needs of children within Global majority community under their care, highlighting the significant impact that a lack of representation in decision-making processes can have.

Driven by a deep-seated passion for representation and diversity, Adefunke spearheaded a transformative nationwide project which successfully enhanced diversity and representation by 30% within 18 months across 24 UK adoption services. This pioneering project also initiated the first research study focused on panel diversity. A multi-faceted social worker, Adefunke has been recognised with numerous awards and nominations for her impactful work.

Moreover, Adefunke leverages her influence to amplify and raise awareness about the unique needs of children within the Global majority community who are in care. She has provided expert testimony and recommendations for legislative revisions at the House of Lords, aiming to modernise the adoption system.

Adefunke lives in Birmingham (UK) with her husband and two children. She is available for freelance assignments and speaking engagements. For more information about Adefunke and her innovative work, please visit Agency Connection website on https://agencyconnection.co.uk or view her LinkedIn profile.