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Dorset Praised For Speed Of Adoption Process


8:05am 22nd January 2014

Dorset is one of the best places for children to be adopted without delay, according to the latest figures.

The Department of Education has published scorecards for local authorities.

Councils are ranked on the time between a child entering care and moving-in with an adoptive family.

Out of 152 local authorities Dorset County Council was ranked 8th.

Here, the time taken to place a child after getting court permission is nearly half the national average at just over 3 months, that's compared to 6 months elsewhere.

Dorset Council's Children Safeguarding team has welcomed the good news.

Cllr Rebecca Knox, Cabinet member for children's safeguarding and families at Dorset County Council, said:

"Having a loving home can change a child's life for the better, so making this happen is our priority. The most important thing is that we find a child the right family that meets their individual needs. Our adoption team have tried to make the process as straight forward and timely as possible, and work to make this process quicker continues.

"It's great that Dorset is doing so well, and thanks must be given to the families who come forward to provide loving homes for all the children and young people waiting for adoption."

Cllr Knox added:

"We could not find loving families for these children and young people without potential adopters coming forward, so if you think you might be able to offer a child a home, please get in touch."

 To find out more about adoption in Dorset, visit or call 01305 228200

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