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POLICY AND LEGISLATIVE FRAMEWORK – ADOPTION AND FOSTERING. 1. Why change was necessary. Mismatch between children needing adoptive placements and recruitment of sufficient adoptive families. At . the end of . ID: 734850 Download Presentation

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Need for ChangeChangeFuture Change

POLICY AND LEGISLATIVE FRAMEWORK – ADOPTION AND FOSTERING

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Why change was necessaryMismatch between children needing adoptive placements and recruitment of sufficient adoptive families

At the end of March 2012 4,600 children were waiting for an adoptive

placement

Adopter

recruitment not keeping up with the needs of children waiting for adoptionDelay in the adoption system – in 2012 the average time between entering care and moving in with their adoptive family was one year nine months

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Current legislation

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A long list!

See hand out

DfE 1

Legal Frameworks and statutory guidance

Over-arching aim of

Adoption

& Fostering legislation must be to meet the needs

of children

The

right of every child to belong to a family

is underpinned by

the 1989

UN

Convention on the Rights of the Child

. (‘

Ideal family’ being birth parents or members of their extended family – this must be explored

)

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Current legislationNo one has a right to be a foster carer – fostering decisions must focus on the interests of the

child (DfE, 2013). The same applies to

adoption

Current legislation

reflects a more flexible approach to recruitment of adoptive, familiesThis session highlights a number, but not all, of the recent changes

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2013 changes

Child’s Permanence Report must contain an analysis of the arguments for and against each permanence option and a fully reasoned recommendation (see Re B-S

)

This analysis must be full, based on evidence, and include consideration of long-term fostering as well as adoption

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2013 changes (2)

Two-part approval process in both fostering and adoption, with strict timescales – completion of both stages within six months for adoption and eight months for fosteringDelegated authority for foster carers to make more day-to-day decisions regarding the CYP in placement

Fostering to adopt – a

child may be placed with foster carers who are also approved prospective adopters on a fostering basis, while care proceedings are underway, where the local authority is considering adoption for the child

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2013 changes (3)‘Fast-track’ assessment process for previous adopters and foster-carers

Speedier referral to the Adoption and Children Act Register for approved adopters and children

National Gateway for Adoption – First4Adoption – a central point of information for those considering adoption

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… and more

Children and Families Act 2014Changes in the Act: Power for the Secretary of State to require LAs to outsource the recruitment and assessment of adopters

Arrangements for contact for LAC and adopted children

Local authorities to accept prospective adopters ‘in general’ – i.e. not just for the children in their care

Free education from two years of age for adopted children (Sept 2014)Same rights as birth parents to leave and pay for adoptive parents (from 2015)

Other areas of legislation and guidance (see handouts)

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