Welcome on board Yorkshire & Humber

Published: 08.07.15

Yorkshire & Humber consortium are the first local authorities to register on the Adopter Voice forums where prospective adopters and adopters can post their views and suggestions about their adoption journey.
Welcome on board Yorkshire & Humber

The Adopter Voice initiative goes live today and a big welcome to the Yorkshire & Humber consortium of 15 local authorities who have joined as early implementers.

Adopter Voice is a project funded by the Department for Education and delivered by Adoption UK to enable an improved adoption system directly influenced and continuously developed by adoptive families. 

Adopter Voice is a community of online forums allowing prospective adopters, adopters and professionals to communicate on all aspects of adoption, share best practice and gather evidence.   There will also be face to face group meetings arranged with a number of local authorities.

By October 2015 every prospective and adopter family in England will be able to challenge, support and input to the development of adoption services at local, regional and national levels so that they are adopter-led.

Adoption UK chief executive, Hugh Thornbery said: “It is important to us at Adoption UK that adopters have a voice, a means of shaping and improving how services are delivered on the ground as their lived experiences provides invaluable insight for decision makers into the impact of any proposed changes and reforms.  We’ve seen over the last few years quite a few changes in adoption legislation and we continue to press the Government for further reform and parity across the UK.  With the recent introduction of the Education and Adoption Bill for England more structural changes are proposed with the introduction of regional adoption boards. 

The Adopter Voice project is a golden opportunity for prospective adopters and adopters to get their views in early and help shape the way the Government delivers the proposals in the Bill.  Signing up is easy and costs nothing but a couple of minutes of your time.”

The Adopter Voice forums can be accessed via our website www.adoptionuk.org with the first 15 local authority forums live from early July, the remainder of the 152 local authorities will follow by October, 2015.

Hugh Thornbery added: “Your experiences good and bad will be taken into account and fed through to regional adoption boards and I know from what our members say that there is a genuine desire to make lasting changes so that others are supported in the future.”

The local authorities who have signed up as early implementers for the Adopter Voice project are: Barnsley, Bradford, Calderdale, Doncaster, East Riding of Yorkshire, Hull, Kirklees, Leeds, North East Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire, North Yorkshire, Rotherham, Sheffield, Wakefield and York.