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Service Level Agreements for the intercountry adoption assessment service is open to local authorities and Regional Adoption Agencies in England. This is a full service provided from the point of enquiry until the child enters the UK with the adopters. The service includes provision for first time adopters, adopting again, and kinship applicants or those who have already identified (and sometimes adopted) the child in the State of origin. IAC specialist knowledge of adoption procedures and practices in States of origin and its involvement in the adoption application up to the time the child arrives in the UK can bring clear casework benefits, and in addition reduces costs to the Local Authority/Regional Adoption Agency, for example in relation to social work practitioner and management time, panel time and administrative time. Currently over 50 Local Authorities or emergent Regional Adoption agencies choose to commission IAC to deliver their intercountry adoption services.
IAC works with partner agencies the North West of England (Adoption Matters and Nugent Adoption) and the North East of England (ARC Adoption North East) who provide more localised services within the Intercountry Adoption Regional Adoption Agency framework. In such cases the Registration of Interest is taken by IAC who retain overall responsibility for the case.
Under this service IAC undertakes the following work on behalf of the Local Authority/Regional Adoption Agency:
It is also possible for a Local Authority/Regional Adoption Agency to contract for additional services to be provided by IAC including:
For further information please contact Barbara Orchard, Contracts Administrator: Barbara.Orchard@icacentre.org.uk