Government launches new adoption guide
The Government has launched a new guide, which sets out what people who want to adopt can expect from local authorities.
The ‘Adoption passport’ sets out what support adopters could be eligible for, including priority access to social housing and admission to school places.
The Government has also published today its response to the ‘Adoption and fostering: tackling delay’ consultation, which sets out a number of reforms that will come into force by the summer.
These include introducing a fast-track procedure for approved foster carers and previous adopters who wish to adopt.
‘For too long children have been left waiting – in many cases over two years – for the stable, loving homes, whilst protective adopters have been dissuaded from offering those children the security they need,’ said children’s minister, Edward Timpson.
‘So we’re overhauling the system to encourage more people to adopt, and making it swifter, more effective and robust.’
But the president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services, Andrew Webb, said the issue of access to specialist services, such as the Child and Adult Mental Health Services (CAMHS) remain an issue.
‘The pilots of the new two stage adoption process have shown the process to be quicker and will allow local authorities to assess up to 50% more adopters with the same level of resources, whilst remaining sufficiently rigorous and robust,’ said Mr Webb.
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