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Together for Adoption ribbon cut

The official unveiling at the new Together for Adoption centre carried out by Councillor Jean Carter

One of the first regional adoption agencies in the country has opened its doors to adopters

Together for Adoption brings together the adoption services of five local authorities – Cheshire West and Chester, Halton, St Helens, Warrington and Wigan.

And on Friday 1st September Together for Adoption officially launched with a grand opening of its new base in Warrington by Councillor Jean Carter, lead member for children’s services at Warrington Borough Council.

It will build on the outstanding adoption services in Wigan Borough as judged by Ofsted earlier this year.

Current figures show there are around 30 children in the area covered by Together for Adoption waiting to be adopted and the service will be looking to find families for around 140 children a year.

Speaking after opening with staff and partners from across the region, Bryan Glover, Head of Service for Together for Adoption, said: “Together for Adoption is bringing together outstanding expertise from across the region under one roof and we have talented and dedicated staff and partner organisations who will continue to offer the outstanding service people who have adopted have experienced.

“We will be looking to build on these strengths to giving everyone who is interested in adopting, or has successfully adopted, the right support throughout their journey. We know this has been highly valued by adopters and we will continue to offer that professional compassionate and thorough care to ensure children and adopters have the best possible outcomes. It is a really rewarding job, particularly when we hear from families years down the line who have had their lives transformed, for the better, through adoption.”

Together for Adoption has been developed following government changes announced in 2015 to the way adoption services operate by directing they be run on a regional basis by 2020.

By bringing the teams together it is hoped the process of adoption will be easier, increasing the number of children adopted and improving the experience of adopting.

Councillor Jenny Bullen, portfolio holder for children and young people’s services, said: “Adoption is one of the most important aspects of work that any local authority has responsibility for and requires caring and skilled people to make it happen. Working with our partners across the region means those going through this journey will get the best support available. This is an exciting new period for adoption services in Wigan Borough and will help us to find families that are the right match for our children, in a timely way and continue to support them together.”

Find out more about Together for Adoption.

Posted on Monday 17th July 2017