Plans for new regional London agency to improve adoption services

13 December 2016

The London Regional Adoption Agency is one step closer to becoming a reality after it received the initial backing of a north-west London council.

Brent Council's cabinet last night approved a recommendation that Brent should join the London Regional Adoption Agency and take a pivotal role in its development and implementation as a hub for the delivery of adoption services.

The London Regional Adoption Agency, once approved by the government, will include local authorities across London and some voluntary organisations and is expected to deliver better support for adoptive families, and speed up the matching process for children needing adoption when it becomes operational in 2017/18.

Cllr Margaret McLennan, Deputy Leader of Brent Council said:

"The joining together of both statutory and voluntary agencies into one regional body will ensure the needs of the children requiring adoption and the families who adopt them are at the heart of the service, with faster and more efficient matching, and provision of adoption support services.

"We expect the new model to retain strong local links and local knowledge so that children in care and families who use our service still continue to receive the same local support they are accustomed to.

"We are keen to continue working collaboratively with local authorities and agencies, sharing knowledge and best practice, to make sure our children and their families receive the best outcomes in life."