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Additional funding to boost adoption

The UK Government has recently announced an additional £16 million in funding that will be available to adoption agencies in England until 2016 to help address the shortfall of adopters.

The money will be used to boost the recruitment of adopters by voluntary adoption agencies (VAAs), and could see the VAA sector recruit as many as 2,000 prospective adopters a year by March 2016.

Children and Families Minister Edward Timpson said:

“There are still over 4,000 children waiting to be adopted nationally, and we cannot stand by whilst children’s futures hang in the balance. This is why we are taking a closer look at how we are recruiting new parents by giving voluntary adoption agencies a bigger role.

"What is important is that children who are in need of a permanent, loving home are found one as soon as possible - not who delivers the service.”

The package is the latest in a series of reforms the government has made to address the chronic shortage of adopters and reform the way they are recruited. To help address the immediate need to find children loving homes, the Government has given local authorities £150 million to increase the number of recruited and approved adopters.

It has also helped adopters by:

  • implementing a simplified process for people who want to adopt or foster a child,
  • providing a first point of contact for anyone interested in adoption through First4Adoption, and
  • introducing scorecards that allow a comparison of the delay for placement of children in care in each local authority.


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