New guidance on adoption

The Government has written to directors of children’s services across England with new guidelines on the care system, urging councils to prioritise adoption.

While the LGA agrees with the Government’s ambition to make sure children in care have stable, loving homes, it does not believe any form of permanence is superior to others.

Cllr Judith Blake, Chair of the LGA’s Children and Young People Board, said: “What is most important is that children’s needs and their voices are at the centre of any decision made about their futures.

“Whichever option is best for a child, it is vital that all parts of the system are working well together, from councils and adoption agencies to the family courts, and we are keen to work with the Government to make sure this operates as well as it should.

“Councils have long welcomed applications from people of all backgrounds who are interested in adoption, and will continue to support those who are able to provide a loving, stable home for a child in care.”

She added:  “Additional funding for regional adoption agencies to recruit prospective adopters is good news, as is the extension of the Adoption Support Fund, which has helped so many families. We urge the Government to consider also investing in the recruitment and support of foster carers to make sure that we have the most suitable placements available for all children.”

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