Adoption process to be overhauled

PUBLISHED: 14:00 05 January 2013

Somerset County Council

Somerset County Council

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ADOPTION processes will be overhauled in Somerset to help increase the number and speed of youngsters finding new families.

Central Government changes announced recently will give adopters the legal right to time off work to meet children they are due to adopt, as well as personal support budgets and access to the official adoption register to find information on young people waiting to be adopted.

Councillor Frances Nicholson, cabinet member for adoption, said: “In Somerset, we have doubled the number of people approved to adopt in the last year due to the fantastic work of our adoption team and a successful campaign to encourage more people to come forward to adopt children in the county.

“However, we continue to improve the way we do things to quicken the assessment process and campaign to find more adopters for children in care, especially for children over five, sibling groups, and children with disabilities.

“The number of children in care in Somerset is on the rise, reflecting national trends.

“These children are our priority and we will do all we can to make sure they find loving and secure families as quickly as possible.”

To find out more about Adoption in Somerset visit or call 0800 5879900.

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