A new approach to finding families for children in need of adoption will operate from 1 April 2019, as Adopt South, a new regional adoption agency opens its doors and starts work across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
Increased numbers of adopters, improved matching processes for children and support for adoptive families will be at the heart of the work of Adopt South. The new multi-agency partnership will bring together professional expertise from four authority areas (Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton) and three independent agencies: Adoption UK, Barnardo’s, Parents and Children Together.
Commenting on the new arrangements for adoption in the area, Head of Adopt South, Rachel Reynolds, said:
Each of the partners shares a commitment to finding families for children who, for a variety of often complex reasons, are unable to live and grow up with the parents and families into which they were born. By working together as one agency, we can combine our efforts and expertise and work more effectively to improve life outcomes for children.
Having a larger pool of adopters to choose from will make that process quicker and more effective. The important point to remember is that we want children to be adopted successfully, with the right adopters for them, so there may be some cases where the process takes a little longer than others. Additionally, with the prospect of more choice of adopters being available for matches, many new adopters may find they can become parents more quickly.
Operationally, in terms of process and resources, collectively we will be able to share good practice and will have a wealth of professional experience to draw on in order to provide a high standard of service and create innovative opportunities for greater success in adoption.
As a Regional Adoption Agency, Adopt South will:
- Recruit, assess and approve adopters across the partnership’s region
- Match children in need of adoptive families
- Support families following an adoption’s completion
Responsibility for looking after children for whom an adopter is yet to be found remains with the local authority for the area in which the children are living.
Anyone who would like to find out more about adoption and would like to take steps towards adopting a child, can visit the website
Alternatively, from 1 April 2019, people can call 0300 3000 011.