Buckinghamshire Council’s Adoption Readiness Checker reaches 4,000 users

Buckinghamshire Council’s Adoption Readiness Checker has reached 4,000 users. The tool is aimed at people considering adoption who are unsure of where to start. The Adoption Readiness Checker can help anyone to determine if they are in a position to adopt and gives practical advice with a personalised plan to prepare people to take the next step in their journey.

Since the site launch in October 2019, over 250 plans have been created with over 4,000 people using the site. Between April 2020 and April 2021, the Council approved 30 people or couples as adopters – many of whom used the Adoption Readiness Tool.

Karen, a prospective adopter (name changed for confidentiality reasons), said:

“I'd been putting off looking into adoption because I was afraid of finding out I'm not what they're looking for but I'm so glad this tool exists as it put my mind at rest. I learned loads and the advice is way more practical than anything else I've come across. Couldn't recommend it enough to anyone thinking of adopting."

The tool is continuing to evolve based on feedback from users, with new sections coming soon. An online tool helping to connect Special Guardians and young people to support, is due to launch early next year.

Anita Cranmer, Cabinet Member for Education and Children's Services, commented:

“Buckinghamshire has approximately 25 children at any one time waiting to be adopted. The Adoption Readiness tool aims to dispel myths about adoption and who can adopt, to enable more people to apply.

“We welcome all enquiries, so if you think you could provide a safe and loving home for a child who needs adopting, then please get in touch with our friendly team. You may be able to make a positive difference to a child’s life.”

Anyone considering adopting with Buckinghamshire Council can use the Adoption Readiness Checker to see if they are in a position to adopt, and learn more about the process.

All enquiries are welcome, so if you think you could provide a safe and loving home for a child who needs adopting then please get in touch with the Council’s friendly team.

Visit the adoption webpage or get in touch with the team by calling 01494 586 349 or emailing [email protected] to find out more about adopting with Buckinghamshire Council.

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