Department for Education written question – answered on 3rd June 2020.

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Photo of Lord Russell of Liverpool Lord Russell of Liverpool Deputy Chairman of Committees

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that harder-to-place children, previously matched through the statutory Adoption Register for England, are found adoptive families in a timely manner.

Photo of Baroness Berridge Baroness Berridge Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade) (Minister for Women), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

Finding stable and loving permanent homes for vulnerable children is a priority for this government.

Children continue to be matched with families, with adoption agencies using a variety of systems where they need to seek inter-agency matches.

Two thirds of local authorities are now part of a Regional Adoption Agency (RAA), which aim to deliver more efficient recruitment of adopters and faster matching of children and families. The vast majority of remaining local authorities are on track to be in a live RAA by the end of 2020.

The government has also invested £1 million in adopter recruitment during 2020-21, which will focus on generating an increase in people of all backgrounds, coming forward to adopt children who have ‘harder-to-place’ characteristics.

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