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£150k funding boost for adoption in Warrington
3:00pm Monday 2nd September 2013 in News
ADOPTION services in Warrington have been awarded a £150,000 funding boost in a bid to reduce the shortage of adopters in the area.
The grant is part of a £16 million Government grant from the Department for Education to help tackle the backlog of children needing a permanent and stable home.
The ring-fenced allocation of £153,770 for Warrington adoption services is part of a nationwide drive to reform the current process and explore more innovative ideas.
It is hoped the adoption improvement grant will increase the number of adopters being recruited and reduce the time some children spend waiting to be adopted into a stable home.
The government will monitor how the funding is used by local authorities by measuring the impact of the new process.
A council spokesman said: “We need to respond to the Government’s view that children should be placed with their adopters without delay.
“Our focus for our allocation will be to invest in developing innovative ways of finding adopters and supporting children.
“The intention is to speed up the process so that adoption happens faster.”
Warrington Borough Council has teamed up with Wigan and St Helen’s councils to form WWiSH adoption service.
Since it started in 2011, the WWiSH team have approved 36 new adopters, providing families for 39 children across the area.
Warrington Borough Council along with all other local authorities in England has been allocated an adoption improvement grant.
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