Bucks joins regional partnership to speed up adoption process

Buckinghamshire County Council Adoption Agency has come together with other adoption agencies in the region to help find loving families for vulnerable children.

The new partnership is formed of ten local authority and voluntary adoption agencies across the East of England, covering Cambridgeshire, Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes, Bedfordshire, Norfolk and Northamptonshire.

The initiative supports the Government’s drive to speed up the time it takes to find adopters for children waiting for a family.

In the future, approved adoptive parents will be able to find out more quickly about children who are waiting for a family across the whole region rather than just in their local area.

The agencies also hope it will help to recruit more adopters for children who often wait longer to be placed with a family, including children who are part of a sibling group, or from a black or minority ethnic background.

Lin Hazell, cabinet member for children’s services at Buckinghamshire County Council, said: “Combining the reach of councils and adoption agencies across the region will speed up the adoption process, meaning children in Buckinghamshire can be placed with loving families more quickly.”

David Johnston Managing Director Children’s Social Care and Learning at Buckinghamshire County Council said: “This is a valuable opportunity for adoption agencies to work collaboratively and we would encourage people to come forward to find out more about adopting.”

The group is hosting an information event on 4 February 2017 for anyone who is interested in adoption or wants to find out more. It is taking place at the offices of Coram Cambridgeshire Adoption, one of the agencies involved in the partnership. Please contact sally.beaumont@coram.org.uk for more details.