Quicker matching and widened choice of families for children
From April 2020 ‘Adoption South East’, Regional Adoption Agency (RAA) will provide adoption services as a collaboration between Surrey, West Sussex, East Sussex and Brighton and Hove Councils.
‘Adoption South East’ (ASE) will aim to find families for up to 150 children annually, and support several hundred adoptive families, as well as adults impacted by adoption. It will also provide or arrange assessments of adults wishing to adopt step children and children from overseas.
Working together as a regional agency brings the advantage of widening the choice of adoptive families for children. It is hoped that it will also mean that children and prospective adopters wait for less time to be matched.
The adopter assessments, family finding and adoption support will continue to be delivered by teams working from bases in the four local authorities, ensuring that services remain accessible, whilst initial enquires and co-ordinating adopter training and panels will be handled centrally by the ASE for efficiency.
ASE is governed by an executive board with representatives from all the councils and chaired by Stuart Gallimore from East Sussex, the host authority. As hosts East Sussex County Council will hold the RAA budget and provide corporate support to the RAA.
To find out more about adopting in Surrey visit the Adoption South East website.