OCT 00] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL NEWS
Adoption Plea Made As Government Steps In
government taskforce is to come to the rescue of Coventry’s
social services department after it was revealed to have one of
the worst adoption records in the country.
authority has been named in the worst eight in the country in
terms of how many of their “looked after” children are placed
with adoptive parents.
council will be visited buy a team of five or six members to find
ways to improve the situation.
move was announced by Health Minister John Hutton at the same time
that a fresh appeal was made for would-be adoptive parents to come
forward in Coventry.
will be a stand in West Orchards Shopping Centre tomorrow to give
interested people more information on fostering and adopting in
are 25 children needing adoptive parents currently in the care of
social services in Coventry, ranging in age from nine months to
ten years old.
of them have disabilities, development problems or behavioural
parents can be couple or single, working or unemployed,
home-owners living in rented accommodation.
can by with or without their own children, live within 50 miles of
Coventry, be of any ethnic origin and of any or no religion.
have to be in a position to care for children until they reach
adulthood or beyond, and be over 21 and in good health.
is a steady rise in the number of adoptions taking place. But we
need to keep the momentum going, and the taskforce will help by
identifying unnecessary barriers to change and supporting those
councils that need help."
Coventry City Council spokeswoman said that the situation had
improved greatly in Coventry this year, but the Government figures
were produced over a five year period.
statement was issued which read:
will work with the task force and welcome the advice and help they
can offer in order to prepare an action plan to improve our
creation of a permanency policy which provides support,
security and stability for a child, whether within the birth
family, with long-term foster carers or adoptive parents
Pathways to Care funding -
money set aside to specifically encourage, support
foster and adoptive parents to take additional children. This
can be in the form, for example, of helping adopters purchase
a larger home to accommodate more children; or funding for
extensions to be built on homes.
creation of a Post Adoption worker post to provide support to
families after adopting
has been secured for two additional posts for the Recruitment
March 2000, there were 31 children awaiting adoption, compared
with 51 at the end of March 1999.
year 29 children have been placed with adoptive parents, compared
to 10 in 1999. 12 children have been adopted through inter-agency
placements and 17 sets of adopters have been approved this year,
compared to 13 last year.