Children in care in Wiltshire are being found adoptive families and settling into their new homes quicker than the national average according to the latest figures.
Wiltshire Council provides regular updates on how well it is helping children in care to find forever homes.
In 2017/18 22 adoption orders were granted and 19 families approved as suitable to adopt.
In quarters 1 and 2 of 2018/19, 15 adoption orders were granted, 15 children were placed for adoption and 13 families were approved as suitable to adopt. A further three children have been matched in October and November 2018.
Laura Mayes, cabinet member for children’s services said: “We take the time we need to make sure children in care are matched with families that are right for them. This is something we would never rush. However it’s heartening this latest report states we are improving all the time, and we will continue to keep this commitment as we prepare for the changes ahead this year.”
The report was discussed at cabinet yesterday (16 January).
The figures are published as Wiltshire is one of six local authorities which are collaborating to form a new regional adoption agency called Adoption West which will be fully operational this year.
From the spring, responsibility for the recruitment, assessment and support of adopters, matching them with children and providing adoption support will formally move to Adoption West. Adoption West will provide a wider pool of approved adopters who can be accessed directly through the partnership.