Outbound Permanence Service

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As a specialist intercountry adoption agency IAC has advised many Local Authorities who are seeking to place Looked After children with family members or “connected people” in countries overseas permanently through Special Guardianship, Convention Adoption, Non Convention Adoption and other permanent orders.

The service launched in 2017 and since then it has grown and developed and is now available to assist Social Workers and Legal Advisors / Solicitors within Local Authorities who may be:

  • Planning a placement abroad either through Special Guardianship, Convention Adoption or other permanent routes
  • Developing a permanence care plan for a child who may be placed overseas

What We Offer

The service is designed to offer expert consultancy and advice to Local Authority teams in the specialism of permanence planning in the international context.  Our experience has shown that a lot of time and money can be spent on developing plans for children that are then rejected by the receiving country.  Also children and prospective carers are often not prepared in a way that ensures a move can happen smoothly and then be sustained. Our expert team with therefore help you to:

  •  Ensure that any care plans being developed are compliant with the receiving countries own legislation
  •  Improve practice and permanence planning for Looked After children whilst minimising delay
  •  Develop specialist advice for Social Workers / legal departments to assist their care planning 
  •  Improve practice by offering a range of resources to assist Social Workers and others in this work
  •  Offer advice in advance of you contacting the Adoption Central Authority (the DfE in Darlington)
  •  Raise awareness and influence policy and practice in this complex and specialist area.

The key elements of the service have been designed to ensure that we enhance the service offer in Local Authorities and not replicate what already exists.   Currently we offer:

  • A specialist Advice Line, open to professionals 3 mornings a week, staffed by an expert Social Workers and a Legal Researcher. Contact can be through telephone or email and offers information to Social Workers, and others assisting them, to ‘think through’ a permanence plan where one option may be to place a child abroad. This covers essential elements such as: planning for the best permanence option, negotiating the legal process, avoiding unnecessary delay, preparing for a successful transition, and planning ahead for post-placement support.
  • General Factsheets on Convention and Non Convention Adoption, Special Guardianship, Features of Orders Comparison Chart, Undertaking an Overseas Viability
  • Country Factsheets which include general information, legal processes, immigration, health, education, adoption support. Ad hoc research on other countries
  • Factsheets for Carers abroad for use in assessments e.g. talking to a child about their story, moving to a new country, attachment and managing challenging behaviour
  • Children’s story booklets to assist with direct work with children, and to help with transitions
  • Pooling of expert knowledge across LA’s and from IAC’s library of resources for use by our subscribers, learning from case feedback and harnessing knowledge for future advice
  • Offering ‘Network Days’ to LA colleagues – these are workshops on Special Guardianship or Convention Adoption, with presentation and discussion on related topics.

The service can be accessed through a subscription which allows unlimited use of the service on an annual basis.  Contracts can begin at any time of the year.  Current rates are £2000 or:

  •  £1199 for a Local Authority that is an intercountry service subscriber already
  •  £480 spot purchase for unlimited advice per case

If you are interested in this service, please contact: outbound@icacentre.org.uk and we will be happy to talk through options and the benefits of the service.