Adoption map criticised in Lancashire

First published in Blackburn

AN ADOPTION ‘map’ has been criticised by local authorities in East Lancashire.

Bosses at Lancashire County Council said they felt the diagram, which shows how many children are waiting to be adopted in each local authority, did not fairly represent their performance.

The map, which has been put together by the Department for Education, splits each local authority in England into four categories - those with 17 or fewer children waiting to be adopted, those with 18 to 27, those with 28 to 47 and councils with 48 and more in March last year.

Blackburn with Darwen fell into the 29 to 47 category and Lancashire County Council the 48 and over.

Current figures actually show that Lancashire County Council has around 115 children waiting to be adopted, while Blackburn with Darwen Council is looking for families for ‘more than 50’ youngsters.

County Coun Susie Charles, cabinet member for children and schools at Lancashire County Council, said: "The map published by the Department for Education provides information on how many children have a care plan of adoption, but should not be mistaken for any kind of local performance guide.

"Adoption is a complex and sensitive process which cannot adequately be represented by purely numerical data.

“Figures for Lancashire will appear to be higher than other authorities, as we are one of the largest councils in the country.

“Adoption is primarily about finding parents for children, not the other way around.

"We are very active in seeking potential adopters and have success in doing so, although of course we always need more and would be glad to hear from anyone considering adoption."

Coun Maureen Bateson, executive for childrens services at Blackburn with Darwen Council, said: “Adoption is a complex area of work and we are never complacent and are always striving to make sure the right decisions and matching processes are in place for some of our most vulnerable children and young people.

“The council has recently launched a campaign to encourage more people to seriously consider adoption.”

To find out more about adoption, visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/love, or call 0800 0286349 if you live in Hyndburn, Ribble Valley, Burnley, Pendle or Rossendale.

If you live in Blackburn with Darwen, visit www.blackburn.gov.uk

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3:34pm Sat 12 Jan 13

louderfasterlonger says...

You need to look at each child as an individual and not a statistic. There are many constraints when finding adoption placements which do not only include whether prospective parents are equipped to adopt achild.
Factors include also whether a child has special needs, whether they are to be adopted as a sibling and the length the legal process can take if the birth parents appeal the process.
There are many children awaiting adoption and many prospective parents wanting to adopt, but to simplify that as a formula (or statistic) is fundamentally flawed.
You need to look at each child as an individual and not a statistic. There are many constraints when finding adoption placements which do not only include whether prospective parents are equipped to adopt achild. Factors include also whether a child has special needs, whether they are to be adopted as a sibling and the length the legal process can take if the birth parents appeal the process. There are many children awaiting adoption and many prospective parents wanting to adopt, but to simplify that as a formula (or statistic) is fundamentally flawed. louderfasterlonger
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6:36pm Sat 12 Jan 13

ecoday says...

how can people even consider adopting when they are barely getting by themselves? seriously... when people can't help themselves they can't help others. give people jobs and i'll bet some of those children will be adopted.
how can people even consider adopting when they are barely getting by themselves? seriously... when people can't help themselves they can't help others. give people jobs and i'll bet some of those children will be adopted. ecoday
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8:22pm Sun 13 Jan 13

JNAMOULDING says...

we are respectable grandparents with family values when our granddaughter who's mother is divorced from our son due to her drinking and entertaining differant men was put into foster care along with her step brother her mother had with another man we asked the Social Services if our granddaughter could come and live with us but we was told the children come as a package and can't be split up .so we decided not to challenge their decision although the Social worker told us we would be wasting our time as the Court Judge goe's along with the Social Services , and now we find out our granddaughter's step brother's father has been given full custody of his son leaving our granddaughter in foster care ?when we complained to Susie Charles she wasn't the least concerned nor was our MP Andrew Stephenson ,
we are now taking our complaint to the ombudsman,
we are respectable grandparents with family values when our granddaughter who's mother is divorced from our son due to her drinking and entertaining differant men was put into foster care along with her step brother her mother had with another man we asked the Social Services if our granddaughter could come and live with us but we was told the children come as a package and can't be split up .so we decided not to challenge their decision although the Social worker told us we would be wasting our time as the Court Judge goe's along with the Social Services , and now we find out our granddaughter's step brother's father has been given full custody of his son leaving our granddaughter in foster care ?when we complained to Susie Charles she wasn't the least concerned nor was our MP Andrew Stephenson , we are now taking our complaint to the ombudsman, JNAMOULDING
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9:16pm Sun 13 Jan 13

JNAMOULDING says...

we are respectable grandparent's with family values who have always worked all our lives we have 3 grown up sons who have always been in full time employment since leaving school but all now live in their own homes,
unfortunately one of our 9 year old granddaughter's was placed into foster care due to her mothers drinking problem and entertaining different men that also caused the divorce from our son 7 years ago in that time our granddaughter's mother had a child to another man who was also put into foster care at the same time ,
when we requested to the Social Services for our granddaughter to lve with us we was clearly told the children come as a package and can't be split up . so we decided not to challenge their decision although the Social Workers told us we would be wasting our time as the Court Judge goe's along with the Social Services .now we find out that our granddaughter's half brother's father has been given full custody of his son to live with him at his home leaving our granddaughter in foster care ,,
we was very devastated on hearing this we wrote a letter of complaint to Susie Charles but she wasn't in the least concerned nor was our MP Andrew Stephenson who just sided with the Social Services ,
we also sent a complaint letter to the Chief Executive of the Lancashire County Council Social Services on 07 december 2012 still waiting for a responce , ? much more we could add about the Social Services but we will leave it at that except it seems we will have to pursue our complaint to the ombudsman , thank you Joe & Annette loveing grandparents
we are respectable grandparent's with family values who have always worked all our lives we have 3 grown up sons who have always been in full time employment since leaving school but all now live in their own homes, unfortunately one of our 9 year old granddaughter's was placed into foster care due to her mothers drinking problem and entertaining different men that also caused the divorce from our son 7 years ago in that time our granddaughter's mother had a child to another man who was also put into foster care at the same time , when we requested to the Social Services for our granddaughter to lve with us we was clearly told the children come as a package and can't be split up . so we decided not to challenge their decision although the Social Workers told us we would be wasting our time as the Court Judge goe's along with the Social Services .now we find out that our granddaughter's half brother's father has been given full custody of his son to live with him at his home leaving our granddaughter in foster care ,, we was very devastated on hearing this we wrote a letter of complaint to Susie Charles but she wasn't in the least concerned nor was our MP Andrew Stephenson who just sided with the Social Services , we also sent a complaint letter to the Chief Executive of the Lancashire County Council Social Services on 07 december 2012 still waiting for a responce , ? much more we could add about the Social Services but we will leave it at that except it seems we will have to pursue our complaint to the ombudsman , thank you Joe & Annette loveing grandparents JNAMOULDING
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