Regional Adoption Agency gets the green light

Adopt North East, the brand new regional adoption agency, has officially been given the go ahead by the five local authorities supporting the new service. 

Councils in Northumberland, Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside and South Tyneside have been working on the proposals which will combine adoption services from each of the local authorities, creating a large regional body. 

Adopt North East will create an exciting new service, with the needs of adopted children and families at their heart and the opportunity to provide high quality post adoption support. 

Development of the new service has been ongoing for over two years, including detailed consultation with adoptive children, families and birth parents helping to shape the new service. The results of these discussions helped identify the most valuable areas of adoption support and how the adoption journey can be streamlined, both of which are key to providing high quality services. 

During the engagement a variety of delivery options were discussed, including creating a new standalone agency, providing the new service through voluntary agencies or a hosted model with one of the five local authorities being selected as a host.

The hosted model was selected, and North Tyneside has been allocated as the host authority, with the new service being based at Balliol Primary School, Longbenton.

Northumberland County Councillor Wayne Daley, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services said:  “By collaborating with other local authorities to develop a regional adoption agency, we will provide more coordinated opportunities for finding adoptive families  for our children where this is needed.”

Cath McEvoy, Executive Director of Children's Services said: “It is our priority to deliver the best possible care and provide the best possible outcomes for children and young people in Northumberland. Working closely with other Local Authorities will enable us to deliver an enhanced service for young people and families, and will allow us to build on the great work that is already being delivered in the region.”

The new service is expected to launch in December, initially working in parallel to existing Local Authority service during a period of transition. The staffing and structure is still being designed and will be shaped to provide the highest quality service and to streamline the adoption journey.

Around 50 staff from across the 5 local authorities will join Adopt North East, bringing together an experienced workforce to drive forward the new agency. There will be no staff redundancies as part of the process. 
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