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Cabrini Children’s Society could be forced to close down all its services except adoption and fostering in an effort to break even.
The charity, which has been operating with a severe deficit for more than a decade, has asked donors in the Dioceses of Arundel and Brighton, Portsmouth and the Archdiocese of Southwark, where it works, to suspend fundraising as it awaits the results of a consultation that could severely limit its services. The decision was communicated to parishioners at Masses.
As well as fostering and adoption services, Cabrini runs two nurseries in London as well as childcare and counselling and services for people with learning disabilities.
In a letter sent to priests, schools and other donors the charity said that “significant developments” might impact its future activities and that a possible outcome of its current restructure could be the closure of its community projects.
Last month The Tablet reported that Cabrini had come under pressure to balance its books after its annual report revealed it spent £693,000 more than it made last year.
A spokeswoman for Cabrini said that the move was temporary and would last until the consultation into the charity’s future activities had concluded.