New Regional Adoption Agencies announced alongside help to speed up matching process
Five new Regional Adoption Agencies – RAAs – have been granted £3.4 million as part of the government’s strategy to create an adoption system with faster matching, so children are placed with adoptive parents more quickly.
The new RAAs – all based in England – are:
- Kent: made up of Kent, Bexley and Medway
- Coast to Coast: Cumbria, Durham and Sunderland
- Lancashire: Blackpool and Lancashire
- Ambitious for Adoption: Harrow, Bromley, Redbridge, City of London and Slough
- Adoption for South East: Surrey, East Sussex, West Sussex, Brighton and Hove
Regional Adoption Agencies were created to replace the previous system of council adoption, to bring together groups of local councils to work together on adoption. The regional agencies help widen the pool of potential adoptive families and help match children awaiting adoption with the most suitable family as quickly as possible.
This model also provides more support for adoptive families going through the process and for those considering adoption, as well as helping to improve the quality of services locally.
The additional funding will go to 17 councils to speed up the matching process between children awaiting adoption and adoptive families, as well as improving adopter recruitment and reducing costs.