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Adoption Family Finding

  • I know that an adoption advice meeting should be convened for all children with a ‘likely plan for adoption’

  • As an Adoption Social Worker undertaking the role of ‘family finder’ I understand the importance of ‘family finding’ as soon as a ‘likely plan for adoption’ is identified

  • I will convene a profiling meeting for all children with a ‘likely plan for adoption’ following the Looked After Child review at which the plan for adoption has been ratified

  • Within two weeks of the profiling meeting I will ensure that an anonymised profile of the child is created on ‘link maker’ and shared with TFA

  • I will attend all ‘linking meetings’ held by TFA at which the details of all prospective adopters are shared

  • Following a child’s ‘Should be placed for adoption decision’ I will share a copy of their CPR with ‘Together For Adoption’.  I will also place the child’s details on the national adoption register

  • I will identify ‘harder to place’ children at the earliest possible opportunity and will immediately seek agreement to ‘family find’ outside of TFA for these children.

  • For ‘harder to place’ children I will make good use of a range of ‘family finding’ activities including adoption activity and exchange events

  • When ‘family finding’ I will update the Service Manager for Adoption and Fostering on a weekly basis to ensure the adoption tracker is updated

  • I will ensure that children are consulted concerning their views around their ‘future family’ and that their views are included in the profile

  • I will ensure that children and their carers are regularly updated concerning the progress of ‘family finding’

  • I will work with carers to ensure that all children with a plan for adoption are appropriately prepared to move into their adoptive placement

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