Information on assessments , parenting courses and financial help given to adoptive parents

Jane Webb made this Freedom of Information request to Staffordshire County Council

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From: Jane Webb

7 August 2011

Dear Staffordshire County Council,

please provide details on the assessment process used for your
adoptive parents please be as thorough as possible into what checks
are carried out and which parts of the assessment are conducted by
just taking the prospective parents word over evidence.
Please also provide details on parenting courses and training
adoptive parents take before being allowed to adopt children and
what checks are made after placement .
please also provide details of financial support offered to these
adoptive parents

Yours faithfully,

Jane Webb

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A Williams left an annotation (17 August 2011)

Quote-marks Jane

I've no idea what checks are made on prospective Adoptive Parents, but what disturbs me is that BEFORE being allowed to criticise Birth Parents' child-handling tactics and to 'teach' both Birth and Foster Parents the 'correct' way to act, Social Workers DON'T have to have THEIR OWN child-handling tactics independently, (i.e. NOT by other Social Workers), and surreptitiously scrutinised over a period of time.

The Department of Education has told me that it is sufficient that they have been taught the theory of the subject.

Incidentally I was recently contacted by an Adoptive mother, (wanting to know why I was researching Adoption Allowances,) who, together with her husband, originally fostered the child they adopted, who seems to have nearly as bad an opinion as Birth Parents of Social Workers.

A Williams

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From: Wiles, Michelle (L&D)
Staffordshire County Council

1 September 2011


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Dear Ms Webb

Re Freedom of Information Act 2000

Thank you for your request for information, which was received on 7^th
August.

We have completed the search of our records and please find a copy of the
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Yours Sincerely

Michelle K Wiles

Access to Information Officer

Information Governance Unit

1a Bailey Street

Stafford

ST17 4BG

Tel: 01785 85(4123) Fax: 01785 278362

Email: [1][email address]

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Avril Williams left an annotation (22 October 2011)

Quote-marks During the financial year 2010 to 2011 Staffordshire Council paid a total of £530,644 in Adoption Allowances on behalf of 108 Adopted Children. It also paid 22 adoptive families a TOTAL of £8008.50 in 'settling-in' grants and pre-adoption expenses. Pre-adoption expenses include the travel, hotel, food and other costs incurred by prospective adoptive parents when they visit children in their foster homes. (Foster Parents are also paid allowances to entertain potential adoptive parents). The above £8008.50 also included 7 sets of pre-adoptive parents adoption application costs but the Council DIDN'T pay any adoptive p\rents legal costs during the financial year 2010-2011.

It also paid $4778 in post-adoption therapeutic costs for 3 adoptive families.

At the time of my survey, (mid 2011), the Council was paying Adoption Allowances to 64 Adoptive Families on behalf of 103 Adopted Children.

Finanlly Adoption Allowances ARE IGNORED for tax credit purposes. This means that lower income Adoptive Parents receive BOTH Adoption Allowances AND tax credits, whilst Birth Parents in the same, or a worse, situation ONLY receive tax credits. This applies in respect of BOTH able-bodied AND physically handicapped children.

Adoption Allowances rates tend to be linked to Foster Child Maintenance Rates, minus child benefit, which Adoptive Parents can claim separately.

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