This week Ofsted published a report reviewing Croydon’s adoption services. The report was detailed - assessing the work done by individual teams, its overall effectiveness and the positive outcomes that it achieves for children to its processes for protecting young people in the borough.
Given the importance of this service, it’s reassuring to see that every area was praised by the inspectors. In particular, they rated the Council for the speed with which adoption placements are now completed.
Finding a permanent and secure home for every single child in need of adoption is one of the most important things the Council does. The message that this Ofsted report gives to people who are considering adopting is very clear: come and register with Croydon and we will do everything we possibly can to match you with a child so that you can take them into your family and help them reach their potential.
The report emphasises how much effort Croydon puts into ensuring that every child with the potential for adoption is given full support in finding a family, and that every potential adoptive family finds a child that they can give a home to – a testament to the dedication of the staff at the Council who deal with adoptive services. Working in any frontline service is challenging, but in areas like this the emotional investment that many of the staff members make is incredible. The staff at the Council deserve to be commended for their efforts and I know that this incredible review will only serve to energise their vital work further.
If you are interested in adopting yourself, or would like more information about Croydon’s adoption services, then visit www.croydon.gov.uk/adoption.