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Coram Family: Contracts

Department for Education written question – answered on 7th October 2019.

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Photo of Layla Moran Layla Moran Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Education), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the decision by the House of Lords on 18 June 2019, whether his Department plans to reinstate and extend the contract with the Thomas Coram Foundation for the administration of a statutory Adoption Register.

Photo of Layla Moran Layla Moran Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Education), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department plans to introduce a statutory register of children who have not found adoptive parents within three months.

Photo of Michelle Donelan Michelle Donelan Government Whip, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The contract to administer the statutory Adoption Register came to an end in March 2019. Since the Register stopped operating, the government has not received any feedback to suggest local authorities and adoption agencies are having difficulties in matching children because the statutory register has closed. The department continues to monitor matching of children with families and robust action will be taken if this changes.

As we set out on 18 June, we want to improve information and systems across fostering and adoption sectors. We are exploring the feasibility of introducing a system that can bring data together to support better communication and present it in one place that is user-friendly. We are working with the sector and software providers to test the best digital infrastructure to support adoption and fostering.

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