The Welsh Government has launched a consultation on the proposed amendments to the Adoption Agencies (Wales) Regulations 2005 and the Care Planning, Placement and Case Review (Wales) Regulations 2015....
In the letter, Edward Timpson thanks adopters for their commitment and energy and sets out the reforms that the Government has made to remove delay and frustration from the process for both children and adopters:
Introduction of a quicker approvals process so that adopters can now be approved in just 6 months, and so that people who have already adopted a child can be 'fast tracked' for another adoption in the future;
Support of adoption activity days to allow approved adopters a greater involvement in identifying children they might adopt;
Investment of £17 million in the voluntary sector to increase the capacity of voluntary adoption agencies to recruit adopters; and
Investment of a further £200 million to reform and improve local authority services.
As a result of these reforms, as well as the huge efforts of local authorities and voluntary adoption agencies, the number of adoptions rose to over 5,000 in 2013-14, representing a 63% increase in the past 3 years.
The letter also explains the new Adoption Support Fund, extra educational support for children adopted from care and the extra healthcare provision that is being made available.