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www.westsussex.gov.uk/adoption

Average number of days between a child entering care and moving in with their adoptive family

Our focus is on providing children in care with a permanent and stable environment. The West Sussex adoption team is dedicated to placing children with adoption care plans in the the right families as soon as possible.
We aim to reduce the average number of days to 365 by 2022

February 2020 performance

This figure has decreased by 18.4 days in February.
The Permanency Co-ordinator is tracking children and liaising closely with the Adoption Service. West Sussex will from the 1/04/2020 be part of a Regional Adoption Agency - Adoption South East is developing a matching process to ensure more timely matches for children with adoption care plans.
Our 2019-20 milestone target is 420 days.
However, timescales remain high due to Adoption Orders granted for children who have specific needs (age, complex needs, disability) and/ or challenges within the adoptive family such as adopter separation pre order, child placed following disruption.

Action

Children Looked After and Adoption Teams are working more closely together in ensuring decisions regarding sibling placements are made in a timely way and that adoption plans are kept under closer scrutiny to improve performance in this measure.
We are working closely with our Adoption South East partners to ensure that we consider adopters from within the region when there is no West Sussex adoptive family available for a child.
We are developing the Adoption website to attract more interest to West Sussex as an adoption agency.