Adoption... again

As their press release proudly announces, the Department for Education has today published 'The Adoption Passport', a new guide to the support services adopters can expect from local authorities.

The Passport is available on the First4Adoption website, although at present at least you have to do a little digging to find it - I couldn't see a link to it on the front page of the site. When you do find it, it's not all that impressive, comprising just one page in its PDF version. Somehow, I think most adopters will want a little more detail than that.

Coinciding with the publication of the Passport, the Department for Education has also today published 'Post adoption support: a rapid response survey of local authorities in England', a study looking at how post adoption support teams and services are structured and to identify barriers to effective provision. Carried out by the Childhood Wellbeing Research Centre, the "aims of the study were to look at how post adoption support teams and services are structured and to identify barriers and facilitators to effective provision".

Not content with the above, the government's response to the ‘Adoption and fostering: tackling delay’ consultation is also being published today.

The government's plans for adoption have not been met with universal approval. Barnardo's has today issued a press release describing them as 'nonsensical'.

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