Page added on December 17, 2012
New figures show that adopted children in Leicestershire find loving and secure family homes faster than the national average.
Scorecards for each area published by the government last Friday (30th November) reveal that Leicestershire County Council places children within 18 months – this is six weeks quicker than last year and better than the England norm of 21 months.
To quicken up the process further, the council has recently brought in:
- two new social workers to focus on finding families for children, freeing up other members the team to lead on recruitment
- a more flexible and straightforward approach to approving adopters, helping to cut bureaucracy
In the last 12 months, the council placed 28 children with adoptive families.
Ivan Ould, Leicestershire County Council cabinet member for children and young people, said: “No one wants there to be delays in the adoption process and I’m pleased that we’re placing children quicker than the national average.
“Finding a permanent home for a vulnerable child is our number one priority and although we’ve sped up our systems, we’re not complacent and are taking more steps to improve services further.”
Anyone can be considered for adoption – whether you are on your own or in a relationship, working or not working, regardless of your race, religion or sexual orientation. To find out more, please visit www.spaceforachild.com or call 0116 305 3051 or freephone 0800 587 7767.