Payments to Adoptive Parents

Avril Williams made this Freedom of Information request to Kent County Council

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Dear Kent County Council,

Please can you quantify your Council's expenditure during the 2010-2011 financial year on EACH of the following, -

First, Adopted Child Support Allowance, (i.e. adoption support allowance)

Second, Grants to Adoptive Parents to purchase furniture,
equipment, etc, prior to the adopted children's arrival.

Third, prospective Adoptive Parents expenses, e.g, Court/Lodging of Adoption Order Fees, mileage, reimbursement of loss of earnings when attending Court, meals and hotel accommodation when visiting a prospective adoptive child in its Foster Home, etc.

Each Council will have its own rules in respect of allowable
expenses. Please can you list the things that your Council pays.

Yours faithfully,

A Williams

Kent County Council

Dear Ms Williams

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 22nd 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/11/1057 - 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

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Kent County Council

Dear A Williams

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

We have answered your questions in the order that they have been raised.

1. Adopted Child Support Allowance for 10/11 was £3,324,101

2. Grants to Adoptive Parents to purchase furniture,
equipment, etc, prior to the adopted children's arrival for 10/11 was

3. Prospective Adoptive Parents expenses for 10/11 was £36,241.01

All children's cost i.e. Therapy, life books, passports Birth certificates
have been stripped out as they are paid from the same line.

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
on our website. Please quote reference: FOI/11/1057

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 CommissionerÂ*s website

Best 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: [3][email address]

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