The number of Isle of Wight children being adopted by off-Island families will not rise with the creation of a Regional Adoption Agency, according to the Island’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services.

Proposals to create the new model encompassing the Isle of Wight, Hampshire, Portsmouth and Southampton are recommended for approval by Cabinet Members this evening (Thursday).

Known as Adopt South, its aim is to support an increase in finding families for children by delivering some adoption services as a regional agency.

It will oversee the matching of children, as well as recruitment, assessment and approval of adopters, and post- adoption support once it comes into force.

Cabinet Member for Children’s Services Councillor Paul Brading says it will not mean an increase in the number of Isle of Wight children being adopted by families on the mainland, as off-Island adoptions happen under the current service.  

Councillor Brading said:

“You won’t see an increase in numbers because that kind of thing happens now. If any of our children on the Isle of Wight need adopting we look at Isle of Wight adopters and the wider South of England to see where is best for that child and where there is an adopter that matches.

For some children it is better to be adopted on the Island, and for some children it is better for them to be adopted on the mainland, depending on their family situation. It will just make the network of finding the right match easier and simpler.”

Most staff will remain within their home authority, but it is estimated that between five and ten are likely to be seconded or transferred in to Hampshire County Council, according to the proposals.

You can read more about the plans here