"The Government is consulting on a range of adoption and fostering proposals. For adoption these are the new, shorter two-stage approval process for prospective adopters, and fast-track procedure for approved foster carers and previous adopters. These changes are aimed at increasing the use made by adoption agencies of the Adoption Register and changes to regulations to make it easier for prospective adopters to be approved as temporary foster carers – the 'fostering for adoption' proposal.
On fostering there is a package of changes to the foster carer assessment and approval process to make the process clearer, more proportionate and responsive to the needs of children coming into the care system; and to ensure foster carers are able to take everyday decisions about the children in their care (known as delegated authority).
For adoption and fostering we are consulting on proposals for the sharing of case records between fostering services and adoption agencies and are seeking views on whether the size of adoption and fostering panels should be restricted."
The consultation closes on Friday 7th December 2012.
I am currently in the process of reading the full proposals, which are also available on the website, and will be responding in due course. I will, of course, share my thoughts here once I've fully ingested and digested all the information it contains.
The link for DfE website with the consultations detailed on is here:
This is our opportunity to have our say.
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