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Adoption news and events

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Read our adoption news and find out about our adoption information events.

Regional Adoption Agency (RAA) update

As part of the adoption reform agenda set out by the government, there was an expectation that local authority adoption services would merge with other local authorities to form a Regional Adoption Agency. As a local authority, we have taken the time that we have needed to ensure that in moving forward, any decisions that are made, are taken in line with what would be the best thing for children and families in North Lincolnshire.

We have now formally joined a developing RAA partnership, alongside Lincolnshire, Rutland, Leicestershire, and Leicester City. Our shared aim is to deliver the benefits of a regional agency without disrupting arrangements that are already working well. There is no plan to move staff away from existing bases and our contact number will remain 01724 297024. You will still be able to contact us as your local adoption agency as you have always done.

Our RAA will be called ‘Family Adoption Links’ and as we make the transition you will start to see things from us that refer to Family Adoption Links. You will see this in letters and if you receive information through the letterbox scheme. All letterbox arrangements will continue to be managed and supported as they currently are.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate the team on 01724 297024.

Adoption information events

Start your journey on the first Wednesday of the month

Our adoption information events are now held on the first Wednesday of every month. Our phone lines will be open from 5.30pm to 8pm for anyone wanting to find out more about adoption with North Lincolnshire. We will be resuming face to face sessions when it is safe to do so.

You may be just dipping your toe in the water, or ready to take the plunge and make an application to adopt, or be anywhere in between. You do not have to live in North Lincolnshire to adopt with us.

Wherever you are, you can make a start by calling us on 01724 297024 at any time between 5.30pm and 8pm.

We welcome enquiries from single applicants or couples. There is no upper age limit but you must be at least 21. We are always interested to hear from prospective adopters and are appealing for anyone who feels able to care for siblings, older children or those with additional needs.

Make your first step towards adoption with North Lincolnshire by calling us on the first Wednesday of every month.

Dates for 2020

  • 4 November
  • 2 December

Dates for 2021

  • 6 January
  • 3 February
  • 3 March
  • 7 April
  • 5 May

Adoption news

 

Pupil premium plus is available to pupils from reception age to year 11 in state funded education who:

  • have been adopted from care in England and Wales
  • left care under a Special Guardianship Order (SGO), or
  • left care under a Child Arrangements Order (CAO)

In order to access the funding, parents and guardians must declare their child’s adoptive SGO or CAO status directly to the school.

Parents and guardians must provide evidence. For example a copy of the legal order or confirmation letter from the council who placed their child. The school then needs to ensure that this is declared on the January census in order for the money to be allocated to them.

More information can be found in the pupil premium section of Gov.UK or by contacting us on 01724 297024.

We urgently need adopters who can consider sibling groups or children with more complex needs. We welcome interest from people living in North Lincolnshire and those who live outside North Lincolnshire. We are always looking for adopters that we will be able to place North Lincolnshire children with.

Contact us on 01724 297024 if you are interested.