Shorter approval process for prospective adopters.
A change in legislation, which will see the adoption approval process shortened and prevent families from being on waiting lists for lengthy periods, has been welcomed by Blackpool Council.
With over 50 children currently in need of adoptive families in Blackpool alone, placing children is a major issue.
The new rules mean, unless there are exceptional circumstances, local authorities have to take families through the assessment process within six months, via a two-stage approval process.
There will also be a fast track process for some previous adopters and foster carers.
Additionally, councils will no longer be allowed to keep families on waiting lists if they do not have the resources to process their application to become adoptive parents.
They will instead have to pass on their details to other local authorities who may be able to provide support and may have a need for adoptive parents.
It is thought this may help with the under supply of potential adopters in the resort.
Cllr Sarah Riding, cabinet member for children, young people and schools at Blackpool Council, said: “In Blackpool we have a passion and commitment for supporting adoption and have a significant need for adoptive parents.
“While the process of assessing potential adoptive parents will remain extremely thorough, these changes will help to shorten the process for the people who want to adopt.
“I hope this will help take the strain out of the process for them and lessen the red-tape they have to go through.
“For the children in our care I hope it will help them to find a happy home sooner.
“I would urge people who are interested in adoption to get in touch and have a chat with our helpful and friendly staff.”
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