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New Regional Adoption Agency to start work

by Laura Johnston

A Regional Adoption Agency covering Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton and Wirral will become operational from 1 April 2018.

It follows a successful bid to the Government by the four local authorities to create a new shared service to get more children with a plan for adoption placed successfully and as quickly as possible.

The new agency – AIM (Adoption in Merseyside) – brings together a team of around 50 staff from across the four councils who have been seconded into the new organisation on their existing terms and conditions.

AIM will operate from a central hub in Halewood, although staff will continue to have a presence in each of their local authority areas to ensure they retain close links with social work staff.

Responsibilities include recruitment, approval and ongoing support for adopters, tracking, linking and matching of children and the training and development of staff.

Every year, the four local authorities approve around 100 adopters and place approximately 140 children for adoption.

Colette Dutton, Knowsley Executive Director (Children), said: “Adoption really can change a child’s life so I’m delighted that the launch of the Regional Adoption Agency will offer greater opportunities for children in our region.

“Having shared resources, expertise and processes will provide enormous benefits to our children and young people, as well as the local authorities taking part.”