Laura Sharman 26 May 2015

New measures will force councils to merge adoption functions

Councils could be forced to merge their adoption services if they fail to work together of their own accord.

The Government has unveiled new powers to encourage councils to take a regional approach to adoption, such as joining with other authorities or outsourcing adoption functions to a single regional agency.

The powers will be enforced if councils fail to work together as regional adoption agencies within two years.

Children and families minister Edward Timpson, said: ‘By coming together and joining forces, councils can make sure more children are matched with families far quicker - regardless of where they live.’

The Government said the new measures will give councils a greater pool of approved adopters and make vital support services more widely available to adoptive families.

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