Service Level Agreements

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:

  • An unlimited number of ICA enquirers, including provision of an information pack and attendance at an Information Day and the conduct of an unlimited number of counselling interviews where indicated;
  • Work in both Stages One and Two covering Statutory checks, Preparation workshops, Assessment, Adoption Panel, DfE administration and support during waiting as outlined above for all Registrations of Interest received, including those from prospective kinship adopters. 
  • Support at matching and following placement as outlined above for the applications approved by IAC, including a post placement visit and access to adoption support workshop.

 It is also possible for a Local Authority/Regional Adoption Agency to contract for additional services to be provided by IAC including:

  • Post approval service for prospective adopters for whom the Local Authority has already approved and who are awaiting a match. IAC will undertake the review of suitability of waiting adopters, prepare and assess for change of country if indicated and present the change of country assessment to the LA’s Panel. IAC will support the PAPs through the matching stage and until the child returns with them to the UK.
  • Where the child does not enter the UK with a full and final order, monitoring and reviewing the child’s placement and reporting to the Court, or where the child is placed on an interim basis pending the making of an adoption order in the State of origin, visiting and preparing reports for the relevant foreign authorities.

For further information please contact Contracts Administrator Rehema Springer: