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1 Milton Keynes Council Children s Services DRAFT ADOPTION & PERMANENCE SERVICE STATEMENT OF PURPOSE AND FUNCTION Milton Keynes Council Children s Services Saxon Court 502 Avebury Boulevard Central Milton Keynes MK9 3HS Signed:. Paul Sutton Head of Children s Services June 2005 Page 1 of 20

2 MILTON KEYNES COUNCIL ADOPTION & PERMANENCE SERVICE STATEMENT OF PURPOSE AND FUNCTION CONTENTS Page No. Section 1 INTRODUCTION Status and Constitution 1 Section 2 MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE 2 Section 3 AIMS AND OBJECTIVES Milton Keynes Adoption Agency Aims Objectives 4 Section 4 SERVICES AND FACILITIES PROVIDED Provision of Service 5 Section 5 MONITORING AND EVALUATION OF SERVICES 6 Section 6 STAFFING Adoption & Permanence Team Support to staff 9 Section 7 RECRUITMENT AND ASSESSMENT OF ADOPTERS 7.1 Recruitment Training The Assessment Process Adoption & Permanence Panel 13 Section 8 SUPPORT TO ADOPTERS 15 Section 9 ADOPTION SUPPORT SERVICES 16 Section 10 COMPLAINTS Complaints Process Role of Commission for Social Care Inspection Independent Review Mechanism 18 Page 2 of 20

3 APPENDICES (1) Senior Management Structure (2) Terms of Reference for Adoption & Permanence Panel (3) Adoption Enquiry/Application Process Flow Chart (4) Protocol re: Allegations (5) Children s Act Complaints Leaflet (6) How to make a Comment, Complaint or Compliment about Children s Services Leaflet for service users (7) Comments, Complaints and Compliments Procedure Page 3 of 20

4 SECTION 1 INTRODUCTION 1.1 STATUS AND CONSTITUTION The body responsible for Milton Keynes Adoption & Permanence Service is Milton Keynes Council, Children s Services, based at Saxon Court, 502 Avebury Boulevard, Central Milton Keynes MK9 3HS Milton Keynes Council has been a Unitary Authority since April It comprises four Directorates Environment, Learning & Development, Neighbourhood Services and the Chief Executive Department. Children s Services is based within the Learning & Development Directorate alongside Education and Community & Economic Development Services. The structure of the Council, which includes all services for children and families co-located in one Directorate, facilitates joined up planning and service delivery Personal social care services are delivered by two directorates - Children s Services, in the Learning & Development Directorate, and Adult Social Care Services located with Housing in the Neighbourhood Services Directorate. There is considerable communication between the two Directorates, e.g. transition services for young people, particularly those with disabilities or mental health issues, leaving the care system and entering adult services Line management for the Head of Children s Services is with the Corporate Director, Learning & Development, who is answerable to elected members. The Corporate Director of Neighbourhood Services is the designated Director of Social Services (see Senior Management Structure, Appendix 1). Page 4 of 20

5 SECTION 2 MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE 2.1 Adoption & Permanence Services are based within Children s Services. Responsibility for the operational management and strategic direction of the service as a whole is through the Children s Services Manager, Operational Services, who is directly accountable to the Head of Children s Services. 2.2 The Team Manager for the Adoption & Permanence Team has responsibility for family finding for those children where permanency through adoption is agreed to be in their best interest, together with all training and assessment of carers who offer adoptive placements. Completed assessments are presented to the Adoption & Permanence Panel for recommendation of approval. Alongside this, the Adoption & Permanence Panel will consider presentations regarding any child or young person for whom permanency via adoption is the recommendation, to decide whether it is in their best interests to be permanently placed in a substitute family. Page 5 of 20

6 SECTION 3 AIMS AND OBJECTIVES 3.1 Milton Keynes Adoption Agency Since the implementation of the Children Act 1989 greater emphasis has been placed on working to maintain children within their own family. Therefore, those children who come into local authority care are likely to be some of the most vulnerable and it is likely that they will have experienced disruption and trauma in their formative years and as a consequence have complex needs The first consideration when working with looked after children will be to endeavour to return them home to their own families. Where this cannot be achieved, alternative permanent arrangements will be pursued. Milton Keynes Children s Services has a commitment to positively explore other family members or network carers to provide this permanence. Where this is not possible, then the best interests for some children will be met through adoption The fundamental aim of each adoptive placement is to safeguard and promote a child s welfare throughout their childhood and beyond by identifying adopters who are able to provide a safe, secure, stable and nurturing environment in order for the child to: Gain self-esteem, confidence and to fulfil their potential Have knowledge of their history including their ethnic, religious and cultural origin To retain links with their birth family through direct or indirect contact Respect the views and needs of others as being of equal value to their own Milton Keynes Council acts as an Adoption Agency to provide those adoption services required of it under the Adoption Act 1976, Adoption Agency Regulations 1983, the Adoption and Children Act 2002 and the National Minimum Standards for Adoption Milton Keynes Council fulfils a full range of duties and responsibilities under all of the above legislation and the Children Act 1989, in meeting the needs of those children who have been or may be adopted, of their parents and guardians and of those people who are or may be adoptive parents. 3.2 Aims Milton Keynes Council Adoption & Permanence Service is committed to identifying loving, secure and permanent families for children unable to live with their families of origin in order that their social, emotional, educational, health and cultural needs are met through adoption. Page 6 of 20

7 3.2.2 The service aims to recruit sufficient numbers of adopters In determining a child s future through adoption, Milton Keynes Council Children s Services will work in partnership with the child, those with parental responsibility, prospective adopters and adoptive families in a spirit of openness, as far is appropriate to the welfare and safety of the child The service ensures that the child s wishes and feelings are actively sought and fully taken account of throughout the process, giving due consideration to age and level of understanding A child s ethnic origin, cultural background, religion and language will be fully recognised and positively valued and promoted throughout the adoption process The role of the adopters in offering a permanent family to a child will be valued and respected The aim is to recognise and acknowledge adoption as a lifelong process and as such Milton Keynes Council Children s Services will support children, birth families and adopters to ensure that they have access to a range of professional services appropriate to their assessed needs. 3.3 Objectives To Provide well-prepared, trained and able adopter/s which includes identifying a suitable match, in order that they can offer confident and thoughtful parenting to the children and young people placed with them To family find for children needing permanence through adoption who are looked after or accommodated by Milton Keynes Council To support adopters after placement up until the adoption order and beyond as appropriate To ensure that the work of Adoption & Permanence Team reflect identified need and priorities, taking into account Children s Services service plans and objectives To work with other local authorities, consortium, partnership arrangements and voluntary adoption agencies in order to secure the best possible outcomes for children requiring permanence through adoption To ensure that complaints and allegations about adopters are rigorously investigated and that procedures relating to allegations are fully adhered to. Page 7 of 20

8 SECTION 4 SERVICES AND FACILITIES PROVIDED 4.1 Provision of Service The Adoption & Permanence Team provides the following services and facilities: An initial visit to prospective adopters and a preparation course for adopters who are able to proceed at this stage. Undertaking of assessments of prospective adopters (subject to satisfactory status checks and completion of the preparation course). Assessment of non-agency adoption applications (step-parent adoption applications). Provision of post adoption support to adopters, adoptees and birth families. Provision of a contact information (letterbox) exchange for birth relatives and adopted children as well as supervision of direct contact arrangements where agreed. Provision of a Section 51 counselling service to adopted adults wishing to trace birth records and possible contact/reunion with birth relatives. Provision of a counselling service to birth parent/s who may wish to relinquish a child for adoption. Provision of an adoption duty system for adoption enquiries and any other issues in relation to adoption. To act as consultants to other teams in the care planning process for children s permanent care. Provision of an Adoption & Permanence Panel to consider approval of adopters. Consultation, information and advice to other teams within Children s Services and other agencies. Page 8 of 20

9 SECTION 5 MONITORING AND EVALUATION OF SERVICES 5.1 Milton Keynes Council Adoption Agency is subject to all Council systems of monitoring and review including internal audit processes. 5.2 Performance Data is collected and returned to the DfES (PAF Indicator C23). In addition, data is collected twice yearly for the Annual Performance Assessment which is passed to the Department for Education and Skills and Commission for Social Care Inspection. The data collates current performance and progress in adoption for looked after children. Outcomes and developments in the service are reported through Children s Services Management Team, Adoption & Permanence Panel and the Corporate Parenting Panel. 5.3 Children s Services produce an annual Service Plan, which is monitored by Children s Services Management Team, Directorate Management Team and the Lead Cabinet Member. 5.4 The adoption team produce an annual Team Plan, which is monitored on a quarterly basis by the Adoption Manager and Children s Services Manager. The plan includes budgetary information, levels of performance, staffing, achievements, objectives and action plans. 5.5 An annual Adoption Agency Report is written as a matter of good practice. This report is presented to the Children s Services Management Team, Lead Member for Children and to the Corporate Parenting Panel. Page 9 of 20

10 SECTION 6 STAFFING 6.1 Adoption & Permanence Team Milton Keynes Council Adoption & Permanence Team has the following complement of staff: Operational Team Manager Development Manager Social Workers Adoption Support Adoption Support Co-ordinator Social Worker Permanency Support Worker 1 full-time 1 part-time 3 full-time 2 part-time 1 Full time 1 Part-time 1 Full time On 31 st May 2005 The staffing of the Adoption & Permanence Team is as follows: Eileen Friday Team Manager (Full-time) Qualifications: CSS PQ Post Graduate Award in Advanced Social Work Child Care Award Currently completing NVQ level 5 in Management. Eileen has worked in the child care sector in Milton Keynes since For 8 years Eileen worked in children s homes. From , worked in fieldwork including fostering, adoption, family support and child protection worked as a manager of children s homes in Milton Keynes and Bucks returned to family support fieldwork in Milton Keynes until October 2003 when Eileen joined the Adoption & Permanence Team firstly as acting team manager until securing the permanent post in July Steve Haddrell - Development Manager (Part-time) Qualifications: CSS CMS PQ Steve worked for Slough Social Services from 1979 to 1990, primarily working with adults with disabilities. Steve has worked for Milton Keynes Council since 1990 as a social worker for children with disabilities, a family placement social worker, a social worker in adoption and acting team manager for adoption and permanence. Page 10 of 20

11 Julia Carrigan: Social Worker (Full-time) Qualifications: NNEB DipSW BA in Applied Social Studies PQ Child Care Award Post Graduate Cert in Advanced Social Work Julia has worked for Milton Keynes Council since She began working in the Children with Disabilities Team before moving onto one of the Family Support Teams. Her current post is a social worker within the Adoption & Permanence Team. Suzanne Strachan - Social Worker (Full-time) Qualifications: Dip S/W B.A (Hons) Applied Social and Community Studies PQ Currently studying for Child Care Award. Suzanne has worked for Milton Keynes Council since gaining her Diploma in Social Work qualification in 2000 as a social worker in the Adoption and Permanence Team. Since 2000, Suzanne has on a voluntary basis, been an Independent Member and Vice Chair of the Adoption Panel for St. Francis Children s Society Voluntary Adoption Agency. Nicky Thomson Social Worker (Full-time) Qualifications: CQSW PTA PQ Nicky worked for Hertfordshire County Council from 1972 to 1976 as a generic social worker and from 1981 to 1982 for Warwickshire County Council with children with disabilities. She has worked for Milton Keynes since 1986 as a social worker, and since 1989 as a social worker within the Adoption & Permanence Team. Alison Miller - Social Worker (Full-time) Qualifications: CQSW BA hons Degree in Applied Social Science PQ Child Care Award Post Graduate Certificate in Advanced Social Work Alison worked for Warwickshire County Council from working with children and families. She then worked for Coventry City Council in fostering and adoption until Alison has worked for Milton Keynes Council since 1999 as a social worker within the Adoption and Permanence Team. In March 2005, Alison was appointed as the Adoption Support Co-ordinator. Joyce Stafford Social Worker (Part-time) Qualifications - DiPSW Joyce was briefly a residential social worker in the early 70s and then an untrained generic social worker in Bedfordshire in the mid 70s before taking a long break for family commitments. Page 11 of 20

12 Since qualifying, Joyce has worked as a social worker in Milton Keynes in the Child Protection Team and for the past 7 years, for the Adoption & Permanence Team. Patricia Donovan - Permanency Support Worker (Full-time) Pat has worked within Social Services for the past 18 years primarily in administration until 2000 when she was appointed as a Permanency Support Worker coordinating the Information Exchange Service and supervision of direct contact for children who have been adopted. Mary Shaw Social Worker, Adoption Support (Part time) Qualifications - CQSW PQ Mary commenced social work in Buckinghamshire as a family aid worker in After qualifying in 1985, Mary joined Northamptonshire as generic, child care and child protection social worker. Mary returned to Buckinghamshire Social Services, Milton Keynes in 1989 as an adoption social worker until 1994 when she commenced work as an independent social worker and tutor of social care. Since 1999, Mary has worked for Milton Keynes Council with adopted adults who have requested information relating to their birth history and also with birth family members who are looking for adopted relatives. Mary takes an active role in the mainstream adoption work, in terms of training and the duty system. 6.2 Support to Staff Following recruitment guidelines as laid down by National Minimum Standards, all staff have a co-ordinated induction programme, to introduce them to the policies and procedures of Milton Keynes Council and Children s Services In line with Children s Services supervision policy, all staff receive regular formal supervision from their line manager, on a monthly basis. Discussions and decisions are formally recorded, and the signed supervision sheet is retained in the relevant staff file. Informal discussions occur at other times during the month, as needed All staff have an annual appraisal, to consider progress over the year and to reflect on achievements and difficulties encountered. The appraisal also considers areas for development, and targets for actions to be undertaken All staff have access to a comprehensive annual training programme and they are encouraged to pursue further training and qualifications. This includes courses on particular aspects of practice issues or development, as well as the post qualifying Child Care Award The Adoption & Permanence Team welcomes regular student placements from the DipSW programme, which enriches the whole team s practice. Page 12 of 20

13 SECTION 7 RECRUITMENT, TRAINING AND ASSESSMENT OF ADOPTERS 7.1 Recruitment Prospective adopters are assessed thoroughly, sensitively and honestly by staff who are appropriately qualified and supervised. The core of the assessment identifies what the carer(s) can offer children/young people who are requiring permanence through adoption. Applications from persons of diverse backgrounds and life experiences are encouraged Milton Keynes Adoption Service has an open door policy and welcome enquiries from all prospective adopters who feel they can offer a child/ren a family. We prioritise applications from people who are able to care for a child from Milton Keynes who require adoption and also for black and minority ethnic children, siblings groups, children over 4 years and children with disabilities both locally and nationally Prospective adopters are expected to take an active part in the assessment process, making themselves available for interviews and preparation training. The assessing social worker always attempts to be as flexible as they can to fit around the applicants work and domestic schedules It is expected that the assessment should take 4 months, and at a maximum 6 months, from the time it is agreed an assessment is to be commenced (usually after the preparation group) After the initial referral, the administrative staff will implement the initial checks, i.e. CareFirst and closed filing checks. If no trace is found, an information pack will be sent to the applicant(s), which includes an initial application form. Where information is held, the team manager is given the file to consider the information and any presenting issues before the information pack is sent On receipt of the initial application form, an initial visit will be undertaken, where the processes of adoption is discussed in greater depth. If appropriate, applicants will then be invited to the next available adoption preparation group. 7.2 Training Each prospective adoptive is expected to attend a preparation course. Adopters attend a course, which is held one day a week over six consecutive weeks. They are generally run twice a year On completion of the preparation group, a decision will be made in consultation with the applicant(s), whether to proceed with a formal assessment. In addition, prospective adopters have a post course visit to assist in the decision-making. Page 13 of 20

14 7.3 The Assessment Process Once the applicant(s) have successfully completed a preparation course and have met the eligibility criteria, they will be allocated a home study assessment, using the BAAF Form F format The social worker will undertake all the necessary status and references checks (Part 1) including: Full name, address and date of birth. Details of health (supported by a medical report. All adopter/s have full BAAF adult medicals that are seen by the Agency Medical Adviser). Particulars of any other adult members of the household. Particulars of the children in the family, whether or not members of their household, and any other children in the household. Particulars of their accommodation. Their religious persuasion and capacity to care for a child from any other religious persuasion. Their racial origin, cultural and linguistic background and capacity to care for a child from any other origin or cultural/linguistic background. Their past and present employment or occupation, their standard of living, leisure activities and interests. The outcome of any request or application made by them to foster/adopt a child, or for registration for childminding or day care. Mortgage/rent details again this can be sensitive, but is to ensure that any placement is likely to be stable/secure as far as accommodation is concerned. A Criminal Records Bureau check on all adults (over age 16) in the household and regular visitors to the household In addition to these prescribed checks, Milton Keynes Council routinely conduct interviews or carry out checks with: NSPCC. Ofsted, in relation to a request for childminding. Area Health Service, and in particular the Health Visitor of the family to consider the applicants experience of looking after their own children. Interviews with applicants children, adult or otherwise, living at home or away. Page 14 of 20

15 References from schools for applicants children. Contact with previous partners where there have been children of this relationship; again it is recognised that this might be difficult, but attempts should be made, if possible. References from present employers and from past employers if this has involved working with children. Contact with previous local authorities, where the applicants have lived in the last 10 years. Personal references; currently 6 personal references are being taken up and 4 interviewed, if it is a 2 person application; each applicant will supply 3 references one who currently knows the applicant, one who is a family member, or one who knows the applicant from the past. This is in line with local procedures. Full and detailed Health and Safety check of the accommodation of the applicants and the transport they utilise Part 2 is the descriptive report about the applicant(s) capacity for the caring task. Applicants should be encouraged to contribute in writing the report. They should also be kept informed of how they are progressing throughout the assessment and any difficulties should be shared openly The assessment will take place in the applicant(s) home in order to assess the suitability in terms of physical space and emotional warmth and to enable the applicant(s) to feel comfortable whilst sensitive and personal issues are being discussed Practitioners should have regard to the need to assess: the applicant(s) capacity to build and sustain close/emotionally warm relationships. exploring with them their own personal history of relationships from childhood onward. the applicant(s) capacity for empathy - their capacity to understand other people s points of view and their feelings. whether or not the applicant(s) have resolved past traumas and losses - not only in acknowledging the impact of the experience. Showing that they have since made sense of it so that they are not still preoccupied, stuck or resentful - is important. The existence of confiding relationships and the existence of supportive relationships and the capacity to share difficulties and accept help. Page 15 of 20

16 7.3.7 If at any stage the social worker does not consider that the assessment should continue, this will be discussed in supervision with the team manager and then shared with the applicant(s) as soon as possible. Reasons for this decision will be given, unless there is some confidential reason why this cannot be divulged. If the applicant(s) disagree with the decision, a meeting with the team manager can be arranged. Ultimately, the matter can be referred to Adoption & Permanence Panel with the social worker s recommendations On completion of the home study, the social worker compiles a Form F assessment report, which the applicants read (with the exception of confidential references) and sign. They have the opportunity to have recorded anything that they do not agree with. The Form F is then presented to the Adoption & Permanence Panel for a recommendation. Applicants are encouraged to attend Panel. (Please see Terms of Reference for Adoption & Permanence Panel - Appendix 2) Once the recommendation has been made it is passed to the Agency Decider (the Head of Children s Services) who makes the final decision. On approval by the Agency Decider, the adopter/s will have clear terms of approval given to them in writing. 7.4 Adoption & Permanence Panel The Adoption & Permanence Panel play a vital role in both the permanent placement of children looked after by Milton Keynes Council and the determination of whether people are suitable to be approved as adopters The Panel makes recommendations to the Agency Decider, currently the Head of Children s Services, on: whether it is a child s best interests to be adopted or permanently fostered the suitability of people as an adopter/s the suitability of a match for a particular child with approved adopter/s The Panel has a monitoring role by: reviewing Best Interests on children every six months or earlier if appropriate reviewing adopters approvals every two years if they have not had a child/ren placed with them receiving reports where a child s placement has disrupted receiving feedback from social workers and applicants attending Panel The panel convenes once every three weeks to consider the cases presented The Panel also monitors the quality and effectiveness of the adoption services with the assistance of the Panel Adviser and by the annual Adoption Agency Report. Page 16 of 20

17 Section 8 SUPPORT TO ADOPTERS 8.1 Support is provided throughout the process to become approved as an adopter. Once approved, agreements are devised to meet the support needs of individual adopter/s. Once a child is placed for adoption, this agreement is reviews. Either party may request additional visits. It is recognised that adoption is a lifelong process and throughout the adoption journey, adopter s and/or the adopted person may need advice, guidance and support. 8.2 Out of hours support is available to adopters and other service users via Milton Keynes Council Emergency Social Work Team. In situations of expected need specific arrangements may be made with the social worker/s involved. 8.2 Adoption Support Services (Local Authorities) (England) Regulations 2003 place a duty on local authorities to undertake assessments of need if requested by an adopter and having carried out an assessment decide whether to provide any services. It also gives local authorities powers to provide financial support. Milton Keynes Council provides financial support (as appropriate) in respect of one-off grants, adoption allowances and setting up costs to help purchase, equipment, bedding etc. 8.3 Milton Keynes Council Children s Services has a dedicated Adoption Support Co-ordinator post. This role involves undertaking assessments of needs of adopters and/or their children as well as providing advice and support to those adoptive families where appropriate or if not, signposting to other relevant services. Page 17 of 20

18 Section 9 ADOPTION SUPPORT SERVICES 9.1 Adoption Support Services regulations were implemented on 31 October These place a duty on local authorities to undertake assessments of need if requested by an adopter, child or birth relative (in relation to contact) and to provide services to meet that need where it deems it to be appropriate. 9.2 Milton Keynes Council has a dedicated Adoption Support Co-ordinator post as mentioned earlier. 9.3 Milton Keynes Council also commission two voluntary adoption agencies to undertake some of its adoption support work. 9.4 Milton Keynes Council have commissioned the Post Adoption Centre (London) to provide counselling services for people involved in adoption. They also run an outreach surgery in Milton Keynes once a month. Counselling sessions are available for a wide range of people including: birth mothers - birth fathers - birth relatives adoptive parents adults who are adopted professionals working in adoption 9.5 Milton Keynes Council also commission St Francis Children s Society through the Adoption & After Service to provide independent support, advice and counselling for birth relatives whose child has or is to be adopted. 9.6 Milton Keynes Council has a statutory duty to provide information and counselling for adults who were adopted as children (before ) under Section 51 of the Adoption Act Adults adopted as children after 1975 are able to decide whether to seek support from a local authority and most do, in order to have access to their files and an intermediary service. There is a dedicated social work post for this work. 9.7 Milton Keynes Council take referrals from birth relatives searching for their adopted child. This is a growing area of work and it will affected by new regulations due to be implemented this year. 9.8 Ongoing contact between a child and their birth family or any other significant person is considered as part of the adoption support plan when a child is being adopted. This can be via an information exchange (indirect) or face-toface (direct). There is a dedicated permanency support worker post to undertake this work. Page 18 of 20

19 SECTION 10 COMPLAINTS 10.1 Complaints Process The Adoption Agency uses the complaints process used for all services users. If informal resolution is not possible then all service users have access to the formal complaints process (See How to Complain or Comment about Councils Services leaflet - Appendix 6). Children can complain through the Children Act procedures or adults can do this on their behalf. Children cam also access advocacy through Spurgeons If an adopter has a complaint about the way in which the Council has supported them, then these are investigated through the Corporate Complaint procedure. There are three stages to this procedure but are different from the Children Act Complaint Procedure: Stage 1 - the person receiving the complaint would investigate and respond. Stage 2 - the person who is the line manager to the stage 1 investigator would investigate the complaint and respond. Stage 3 - the Strategic Director will decide who should investigate the complaint i.e., a senior officer independent of the service or department. If the adopter complaining remains dissatisfied they can then take their complaint to the Local Government Ombudsman Role of Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) The role of CSCI in relation to adoption agencies is outlined in the Care Standards Act The Act sets out a broad range of regulations making powers covering amongst other matters the management, staff, premises and conduct of social care agencies. The commission inspects the discharge by local authorities of their functions under the Adoption Act 1976 of the making or participation in arrangements for the adoption of children. CSCI can be contacted at: Commission for Social Care Inspection Area Office 8 Bell Business Park Smeaton Close Aylesbury HP19 8JR Tel: Page 19 of 20

20 10.3 Independent Review Mechanism (IRM) The Independent Review of Determinations (Adoption) Regulations give prospective adopter(s) the right to refer their case to the review panel where an adoption agency (the agency) proposes not to approve them as suitable to adopt a child. This is known as a qualifying determination The prospective adopter(s) has to make a choice whether to make representations to the adoption agency OR to the IRM. There is no right to make representations to the agency and apply to the review panel for a review of the agency s determination. Eileen Friday Team Manager Adoption & Permanence Steve Haddrell Development Manager Fostering & Adoption Review Date: June 2006 Page 20 of 20

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