This research followed the progress of 41 prospective adopters who had completed their preparation group training in five Regional Adoption Agencies (RAAs) between November 2018 and March 2020. The adopters had been selected as they had indicated at the end of their training that they were willing to adopt a sibling group, an older child, or a child with complex needs. Fifteen of the 41 prospective adopters were interviewed once, 23 interviewed twice, and three adoptive parents were interviewed three times: a total of 70 interviews. Just over half (38) of the interviews took place before the country went into lockdown on the 23rd March 2020 because of COVID-19 and 32 interviews occurred after that date and during periods of restrictions. Our first report on the views of the prospective adopters on the assessment and approval process is available on the Department for Education website1 and this research is part of a wider evaluation of the regionalisation of adoption services.
|Place of Publication||London|
|Publisher||Department for Education|
|Commissioning body||Department for Education|
|Number of pages||45|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Oct 2021|