A new adoption and fostering service was launched by Bedford Borough Council yesterday, Wednesday, February 19.
The event took place at The Higgins Bedford and welcomed people from across the community to mark the occasion – children and young people gathered with their adoptive/foster parents/carers to mark the occasion.
A spokesperson from the borough council said: “The decision to develop the service for the borough means that we will be able to attract Bedford carers for Bedford children and offer a support service that is more closely aligned with the social work teams that already work with fostering and adoptive families to provide permanent, stable and loving homes for some of the borough’s most vulnerable children.”
Cllr Sue Oliver, Executive member for children’s social care at the borough council, said: “Speaking as someone who fostered many teenagers for whom it was too late to consider adoption, I am convinced that our current focus on finding ‘Amazing Adoptive Parents’ for as many of our Looked After Children as early as possible will give them much better outcomes in life.
“Where adoption is not the plan for children, we want to ensure we have local ‘Fantastic Foster Carers’ to make the difference in a child’s life.”
Mayor Dave Hodgson said: “We aim to provide the very best service, which we believe will be improved further as a result of this change. The intention of having a Bedford borough facility means we are able to better know our population; speed up processes and prevent any delay in placing children in loving homes.”
Hopeful parents looking to adopt children in Bedford borough are currently enjoying the shortest waiting times in the entire Eastern region.
That’s according to recent figures released by the Government, which show it now takes only 81 days between a court giving authority to place a child and Bedford borough deciding on a match with an adoptive family, in comparison with the national average of 210 days.
Anyone wishing to be considered as an adoptive parent, or interested in becoming a foster carer, please contact Bedford Borough Council’s Adoption/Fostering service team on 01234 718718 or email firstname.lastname@example.org