Child-Specific recruitment may be used in instances where a referral is received and there are no potential adopter links to explore.
If it is identified that there are no potential adopters and child-specific recrutiment has been agreed between the voluntary adoption agency and the regionl then a consultation meeting will be arranged between the VAA and the child care social worker, the child’s foster carer and the manager or senior official with decision-making responsibilities, along with any other identified relevant person. At this meeting, a recruitment plan will be devised. This will be finalised by the VAA following the meeting and shared with relevant professionals for final approval.
The recruitment plan will then be implemented; this will usually include a digitised profile of the child, including professional photographs and a short film. Which will be used at profiling events where confidentiality agreements have been obtained, and to show to prospective adopters.
An agreed profile will go on the Adopting Together website and, if agreed in the recruitment plan, shared on the VAA’s social media channels, including Twitter and Facebook.
If through this process a prospective adopter is identified, the VAA will carry out an initial visit and complete an enhanced report. Following internal scrutiny, this report will be shared with the child’s Regional Adoption Service and local authority. If there is agreement to proceed, the child care social worker will be invited to meet the prospective adopter and, on agreement, the adopter assessment will proceed with the focus of the child in mind. To protect all parties, other children will still be discussed with the prospective adopter and it remains the prospective adopter’s right to change their mind at any time.
Should the link successfully proceed, the prospective adopter would be invited to attend a Team for the Child meeting following approval at the VAAs adoption panel.