Council’s join forces in adoption programme

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A NEW agency designed to end delays for children awaiting adoption is being set up.

Hampshire, Portsmouth, Isle of Wight and Southampton councils will work together on the project, which will become one of the country’s first regional adoption agencies.

Education secretary Nicky Morgan, said: ‘Every single day a child in Hampshire spends waiting in care for their new family is a further delay to a life full of love and stability. I’m delighted to announce the region will have some of the first regional adoption agencies.

‘By coming together and joining forces, councils and adoption agencies across the region will be able to reach across artificial boundaries and access an ever growing pool of approved adopters.’

The scheme will mean more Portsmouth children could be placed with families in other council areas.