No news

Hello all. It’s been a while since I’ve posted but that’s because nothing much has happened since panel date. Christmas has been in the middle of it but I’m not holding my breath with our local authority. We emailed to ask about having a new social worker and the deputy manager said she would let us know. We have heard nothing so far.

I’ve seen a programme advertised about adoption which implies that there aren’t many adopters out there for the amount of children in care. However, it seems to me that it isn’t necessarily the lack of adoptors or potential adoptors, but more the lack of social workers. Most people in our prep group have been approved, some are still waiting. Some people have had more than one social worker during this process due to one thing or another and some have had students complete their home study due to the lack of staff. However, no one have been matched so far and we started prep groups in February last year. It is really sad that this is the case and the media and government should focus on the lack of funding for social work posts.

One thing that was made painfully clear when we talked to the deputy manager after the panel was that we were the ones who had to be proactive looking for children. This is difficult as we can only see a very limited amount of children on ‘Children who wait’ and we are not allowed to see the national register. Hopefully, some children’s social workers will contact us instead.

I shall get off my soap box now and hopefully, I’ll be able to post some news soon.

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5 thoughts on “No news

  1. thehouseofbailey January 14, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    We can identify with that, we have faced delay after delay that are all to do with the process itself failing rather than anything else, and that is due to lack of staff and resources.

    I would imagine though that it is not all to do with lack of funding. I expect it is becoming increasingly difficult to attract people into social work due to the bad press they get. And let’s face it is has to be one of the hardest jobs to do.

  2. sonicwriter January 14, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Hi thanks for the comment and follow. Yes I imagine that would also be a reason to the delays in the process. Our friends who are social workers have said that their departments have put a freeze on recruitment. I don’t know if this is nationwide though. The government have promised £50 million to help prospective adopters find more children and for local authorities so hopefully that would help. Good luck with your journey and hope the process goes smoothly.

  3. thehouseofbailey January 14, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    Good Luck to you too – it hasn’t been exactly smooth so far. We are in the middle of matching right now. It went quiet for awhile after panel but has picked up now.

  4. AdoptiveNYMomma January 15, 2014 at 3:25 am

    I hear your frustration and have experienced it here too. Hang on you can get through it and hopefully sooner rather then later that phone call will come.

  5. sonicwriter January 16, 2014 at 9:07 am

    Thanks very much! Sorry to hear that you have had frustrations too. Hopefully we’ll get there soon!

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