The services Leeds City Council provides for vulnerable children, which includes the adoption service, have been rated as ‘Good’ by government inspectors, Ofsted. The inspectors looked at five main areas which contributed to an overall judgement of good; these were: children who need help and protection; children looked after and achieving permanence; adoption performance; and experience and progress of care leavers. Leeds was rated as ‘Good’ for all four and in the fifth area; ‘leadership and management’ is rated as ‘outstanding’.
Leeds City Council are the largest adoption service in the north of England and the second largest in the UK. We provide for the adoptive needs of between 40-100 children at any one time. We work to:
- Find families for children waiting to be adopted;
- Recruit, prepare and assess prospective adoptive parents; and
- Provide ongoing support to adoptive parents, adopted children and their families.
We always seek to improve and develop what we offer you; our experienced staff keep up-to-date with current adoption policy, theory and research to give you the best possible service. We benefit from the support of experienced adoptive parents who are involved with developing and improving our work. We also have close links with other adoption organisations such as BAAF (British Association of Adoption and Fostering), the National Adoption Register, the Yorkshire and Humber Adoption Consortium (YHAC) and we are a member of Being Family, the YHACs information service for perspective adoptive parents.
We'll guide you through the process from preparing for your application until the day you become an adoptive parent and beyond. Our experienced post-adoption team offer life-long support for adoptive families, from group ‘stay and play’ to individual support packages wherever and whenever it’s needed.
You can find out more about Leeds City Council Adoption Service by reading our Statement of Purpose.