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Kent, Bexley and Medway adoption services to join forces

12:22 19 October 2016

Three councils could combine their adoption services

Three councils could combine their adoption services

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Bexley councillors gave the go-ahead last week

Delays in adopting could drop as plans to partner three local authorities are drawn up.

A Regional Adoption Agency between Bexley Borough Council, Medway Council and Kent County Council could be developed, as a Bexley councillors gave the go-ahead last week.

The arrangement would create a wider pool of adopters, with less delays for children waiting for a family.

Cabinet member for children’s services at Bexley council, Phillip Read, said: “We are already part of a consortium arrangement with Kent and Medway and so it makes perfect sense for us to work together as a regional agency.

“The new arrangements will help to eradicate duplication, streamline processes and make the whole experience better and faster for the most important person of all – the child. I look forward to seeing the project develop.”

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