Northamptonshire County Council has come together with other local authorities and adoption agencies in the region to help find loving families for vulnerable children.
The new partnership is formed of ten local authority and voluntary adoption agencies across the East of England, covering Cambridgeshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Norfolk and Northamptonshire.
The initiative supports the Government’s drive to speed up the time it takes to find adopters for children waiting for a family. In the future, approved adoptive parents will be able to find out more quickly about children who are waiting for a family across the whole region rather than just in their local area.
The agencies also hope it will help to recruit more adopters for children who often wait longer to be placed with a family, including children who are part of a sibling group, or from a black or minority ethnic background.
Northamptonshire County Council cabinet member for corporate parenting Cllr Suresh Patel said: “This is an exciting opportunity for prospective adopters to find out more about the children across the region who are in need of a stable, loving home.
“By working in collaboration with our new regional partners, we can also increase the potential pool of adopters for the hundreds of children in need of a new home, while enabling partners to develop wider support services and share skills and resources.”
The group is hosting an information event on 4 February 2017 for anyone who is interested in adoption or wants to find out more. It is taking place at the offices of Coram Cambridgeshire Adoption, one of the agencies involved in the partnership. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.