Post adoption support: a rapid response survey of local authorities in England

Document type
Working Paper
Holmes, Lisa; McDermid, Samantha; Lushey, Clare
Department for Education
Date of publication
1 May 2013
Working paper; 19
Children and Young People, Families
Social welfare
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The Adoption and Children Act (2002) places a duty on local authorities to maintain an appropriate service for adoption support. The adoption support services regulations require authorities to conduct assessments of adoption support needs when requested by an adoptive child, their parents, natural parents or former guardians.

The government proposes to reduce the delays in the adoption process and make improvements to the recruitment, preparation and assessment of prospective adopters. This study looked at how post adoption support teams and services are structured and sought to identify barriers and facilitators to effective provision.

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