Herefordshire Council is one of only 36 local authorities who have been successful in meeting the thresholds set by the government for securing adoptive homes for children as quickly as possible.
Edward Timpson MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families, has acknowledged this achievement and has asked that Herefordshire share the lessons from its success with other authorities.
Adoption scorecards covering 2010-2013 have been published this week, enabling comparison with the national picture and statistical neighbours. Herefordshire has shortened the time taken from a child entering care to moving in with adopters by more than two weeks since the last scorecards were published. Nationally the time increased by eleven days.
Councillor Jeremy Millar, cabinet member for young people and children’s wellbeing, said: “Protecting children and giving them a great start in life is one of the council’s top priorities. Matching prospective adopters with children who need a loving home is incredibly important.
“It is a great credit to everyone involved – social workers, adoption support workers, the court staff and, of course, adoptive families themselves, that Herefordshire has managed to achieve this increase in the time it takes for adopters to be approved, and I would like to thank them for their hard work.
“Although we have illustrated success, we still need more adopters from within Herefordshire and from surrounding counties and would urge anyone interested to contact our team for an informal chat.”