Adoption Breakdowns

Melizza Moore made this Freedom of Information request to Wolverhampton City Council

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Dear Wolverhampton City Council,

If an adoption placement breaks down , are the birth parents
automatically notified. If not , could you explain why ?

Yours faithfully,

Melizza Moore

Avril Williams left an annotation ()

Re Wolverhampton Council's failure to even acknowledge your FOI within requisite 20 working days....

I've been trying since July 2011 to get this Council to provide information about its expenditure on Adoption Allowances, Settling in Grants and Adoptive Parents' pre-adoption expenses. Together with 2 other Councils it ignored the question, ignored reminders and ignored my request for an Internal Review.

After I contacted the Information Commission the other 2 Councils provided me with information and apologies. However Wolverhampton gave the IC an invalid 'excuse' for not providing the info., - then ignored the IC's date for providing it! I'm currently waiting to see what result my 2nd complaint to the IC produces.

Melizza Moore left an annotation ()

Tsk !

Dear Wolverhampton City Council,

By law, "yer late". Chop chop please.

Yours faithfully,

Melizza Moore

Avril Williams left an annotation ()


After 10 MONTHS, and TWO complaints to the Information Commission, I eventually received the information that I had requested from this Council. It's worth complaining to the IC when Councils choose to ignore requests for information.

FOI, Wolverhampton City Council

Dear Ms Moore

Freedom of Information request- ref OCE021223

Thank you for your request for information which we received on 6 February 2012. We apologise for the delay in responding. In your request, you asked for the following information:

Description of information sought and information provided as follows:

If an adoption placement breaks down, are the birth parents automatically notified. If not, could you explain why?

It would be very dependent on the circumstances and timing and of the adoption break down. If it broke down before an adoption order was granted then we would definitely notify parents as they share Parental responsibility with the local authority and the prospective adopters.

If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your request and wish to make a complaint or request a review of our decision, please write to:

FOI & Corporate Complaints Coordinator
Wolverhampton City Council
Civic Centre, St Peter’s Square
[Wolverhampton City Council request email]

If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint, you may apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the Information Commissioner cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the complaints procedure provided by the council. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:

The Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane

Yours sincerely

Sarah Campbell
Customer Relations Team

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