I wanted to adopt/foster four years ago. I applied but then moved house, and so they stopped the applicagtion and I had to apply all again in the new home a year later, which in fact takes another year. then i disliked the hertfordshire adoption policy against obese people and left them and went to another and had to start all over again for another year. such a waste of public money as if the first social worker interviewed me for a national agency (whereever i lived and offering a home to children from any borough) then I would have not only offered a home immediately but when i moved my foster children might have moved too or in fact i began doing it immediately. the notion each borough does its own thing leads to the criminal repetition and waste of moeny of agency and borough social workeres going through paperwork then wasting time – in fact years – that a child could have been settled in a family. it is in insane the boroughs have control anyway as the original social worker who interviews you could leave the borough and the staff there have to pass on the notes, so there is no reason if soc services were out of the control of boroughs that you would nto have the better fostgering and adoption to children nationally. The obscenity of haringey council offering a manager a large pay rise for not getting a "bad " case in the headlines – as with baby P woudl be curbed as this is also a misuse of our council tax by councillors trying to reward staff for covering up before elections etc. If it was national then no one would get a payrise for a shameless failing like that…instead the money would go to the foster parents – the thousnad more who shoudl be recruited from lone parents (a bit of a no no inherently in the reactionary interview technique of the forms etc) AND WIDEN THE FIELD . stop the endless repetition and waste of moeny that each foster parent goes through when they move borough – again ….
Why is this idea important?
there is no reason if soc services were out of the control of boroughs that you would nto have the better fostgering and adoption to children nationally. The armed forces and police recruit on the basis of a national standardc and you can move from borough to borough without going through a year long – paper heavy – and quite time wasting recruitment process again but for some weird reason each social worker for each borgough will demand to interview you and all over through out again and again…waste of time and money ….repetition for note taking and totally not about helping children into safe foster parent families.
the interview process and skills for fostering training shojuld be roll on not dicated by the year and intake so foster parents drop out waiting months to begin and then wait months and months for parttime social workers to complete relatively simple interviews and such – most of which does not need repetition each borough…