Foreign potential adoptive parents - air fares expenses etc

Patricia Johnston made this Freedom of Information request to Kent County Council

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The request was successful.

Patricia Johnston

Dear Kent County Council,

Please provide all travel expenses paid for or to foreign potential adoptive parents who have travelled from outside the UK who hope to adopt children.

And supply all records held in connection with foriegn adoptions including the number of children placed for adoption.

Including, which organisations Kent County Council works inconjunction with and in which countries.

Yours faithfully,

Patricia Johnston

Kent County Council

Dear Ms Johnston

Thank you for your email

Kent County Council acknowledges your request for information under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000. Assuming KCC holds this information, we
will endeavour to supply the data to you as soon as possible but no later
than 10th August 2011 (20 working days from date of receipt).

We will advise you as soon as possible if we do not hold this information
or if there are exemptions to be considered and/or any costs for providing
the information. Please quote our reference - FOI/11/1004 - in any
communication regarding this particular request.

Best regards

Jemila Dodge
Corporate Access to Information Officer
Information Resilience & Transparency Team,
Business Strategy & Support, Governance & Law
Kent County Council, B48, Sessions House, County Road, Maidstone, ME14 1XQ
Tel: 01622 696265, Internal 7000 6265,
Fax: 01622 696075
[1]http://www.kent.gov.uk/your_council/cont...

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Kent County Council

Dear Ms Johnston

Thank you for your request for information made under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.

I am pleased to provide the following information in answer to your
request:

There are no expenses paid relating to inward bound children.

Intercountry Adoption April 2010 - April 2011

34 enquiries
5 initial visits relating to Nigeria, Colombia, Russia, China and India
1 assessment of change of approval from China to UK
6 assessments linked to Pakistan, Colombia, Nigeria, Russia, Sierra Leone
3 approvals linked to Russia, Sierra Leone, Pakistan
3 placements 1 female child from Sierra Leone and 2 female children from
China
4 post placement reports for China
6 Annual reviews 5 linked with China and 1 linked with Thailand

The organisations that KCC work with relating to intercountry adoption
are:

Intercountry Adoption Centre - Barnet, London
Intercountry Adoption Section, Darlington, Department for Education
Adoption Agencies Consultants Group in Intercountry Adoption (AACGICA).

If you are unhappy with this response, and believe KCC has not complied
with legislation, please ask for a review by following our complaints
process; details can be found at this link
[1]http://www.kent.gov.uk/your_council/have...
on our website. Please quote reference FOI/11/1004.

If you still remain dissatisfied following an internal review, you can
appeal to the Information Commissioner, who oversees compliance with the
Freedom of Information Act 2000. Details of what you need to do, should
you wish to pursue this course of action, are available from the
Information Commissioner's website
[2]http://www.ico.gov.uk/complaints/freedom...

Regards

Michelle Hunt
Access to Information Co-ordinator
Information Resilience & Transparency
Business Strategy and Support
Governance & Law
Room 2.71, Sessions House
Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1XQ
External: 01622 696692
Internal: 7000 6692
Email: [email address]

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Intercountry Adoption April 2010 - April 2011

34 enquiries
5 initial visits relating to Nigeria, Colombia, Russia, China and India
1 assessment of change of approval from China to UK
6 assessments linked to Pakistan, Colombia, Nigeria, Russia, Sierra Leone
3 approvals linked to Russia, Sierra Leone, Pakistan
3 placements 1 female child from Sierra Leone and 2 female children from
China
4 post placement reports for China
6 Annual reviews 5 linked with China and 1 linked with Thailand

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Foreign Adoptive Parents Airfares

ivanataylor made this Freedom of Information request to Kent County Council

The request was partially successful.
ivanataylor

16 November 2011

Dear Kent County Council,

Foreign Adoptive Parents Airfares

Provide all information held relating to the purchase of foreign
adoptive parents air fares

2 x American
£1345.33
Payment for air fares for prospective adoptive parents.
Airlines

1) how many have had their airfare paid by KCC
2) list all countries
3) list how many children have been adopted to foreigners whose
airfares have been paid by KCC.
4) list and include all amounts, fees. airfares etc paid out by KCC
to prospective adoptive parents

Yours faithfully,

ivanataylor

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Kent County Council

16 November 2011

Dear Ms Taylor,

Thank you for your email.

Kent County Council acknowledges your request for information under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000. Assuming KCC holds this information, we
will endeavour to supply the data to you as soon as possible but no later
than 14th December 2011 (20 working days from date of receipt).

We will advise you as soon as possible if we do not hold this information
or if there are exemptions to be considered and/or any costs for providing
the information. Please quote our reference - FOI/11/1609 - in any
communication regarding this particular request.

Best regards

Richard Battrum
Information Access Officer
Information Resilience & Transparency
Business Strategy & Support. Governance & Law
Kent County Council, Room 2.71, Sessions House, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1XQ
T: 01622 221037
F: 01622 696075
E: [email address]

[1]http://www.kent.gov.uk/your_council/have...

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ivanataylor

29 December 2011

Dear Kent County Council,

Do you intend to answer this request as you are now breaking the
Law? Or are you hoping to have more time via an internal review?

Yours faithfully,

ivanataylor

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Kent County Council

29 December 2011

Dear Ms Taylor

Please accept my sincere apologies for the delay in sending a response to you. I appreciate we have not complied with statutory timescales on this occasion.

I would like to assure you that we doing everything we can to resolve this delay, and I hope to be in a position to send a response by 6 January 2012.

In the meantime, once again please accept my apologies for the delay and any inconvenience this may have caused you.

Best regards

Michelle Hunt
Information Governance Specialist
Information Resilience & Transparency
Business Strategy and Support
Governance & Law
Room 2.71, Sessions House
Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1XQ
External: 01622 696692
Internal: 7000 6692

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Kent County Council

4 January 2012

Attachment Adoption Costs.pdf
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Dear Ivana Taylor

Thank you for your request for information made under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000. Please accept my sincere apologies for the delay in
sending this information to you. I appreciate we have not complied with
statutory timescales on this occasion.

1) KCC have paid for 3 air fares, which consist of 2 flights back and
forth from the USA to UK for prospective adoptive parents. The 3rd flight
was to take the children to America.

2) America

3) 3

4) Please see attached spreadsheet.

<<Adoption Costs.pdf>>
If you are unhappy with this response, and believe KCC has not complied
with legislation, please ask for a review by following our complaints
process; details can be found at this link
[1]http://www.kent.gov.uk/your_council/have...
on our website. Please quote reference FOI/11/1609.

If you still remain dissatisfied following an internal review, you can
appeal to the Information Commissioner, who oversees compliance with the
Freedom of Information Act 2000. Details of what you need to do, should
you wish to pursue this course of action, are available from the
Information Commissioner’s website
[2]http://www.ico.gov.uk/complaints/freedom...

Regards

Michelle Hunt
Information Governance Specialist
Information Resilience & Transparency
Business Strategy and Support
Governance & Law
Room 2.71, Sessions House
Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1XQ
External: 01622 696692
Internal: 7000 6692
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ivanataylor

4 January 2012

Over £100,000 is a shocking figure to spend of rate payers money on
adopting children abroad.

Why was it impossible to place them in the UK ?

Where are the children now ?

How many adoptive carers were involved i.e. how many children and
which sex and ages did they receive ?

How much remuneration was received from the new adoptive carers ?

Who authorised the trips ?

I desire an answer to all the above now please under freedom of
information, as i believe it to be in the interest of the public.
Thank you for your speedy reply.

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ivanataylor left an annotation (4 January 2012)

Over £100,000 is a shocking figure to spend of rate payers money on adopting children abroad.

Why was it impossible to place them in the UK ?

Where are the children now ?

How many adoptive carers were involved i.e. how many children and which sex and ages did they receive ?

How much remuneration was received from the new adoptive carers ?

Who authorised the trips ?

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ivanataylor

4 January 2012

Dear Kent County Council,

For clarifycation here is the link to the july request.

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/fo...

Yours faithfully,

ivanataylor