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Halton on target dealing with adoptions
LATEST figures show that Halton has met Government targets in reducing delays in the time it takes for children to be adopted.
In a move designed to make sure that adoptions are processed more quickly, the statistics are given in the form of scorecards, rating the performance of each authority against two targets.
One shows the average time taken from a child coming into care to moving in with an adoptive family.
The government says that this should take no more than 21 months (639 days). Halton's average between 2009 and 2012 was 567 days, while the England average was 636 days.
The other target is the average time it takes for a council to place a child in an adoptive family once a court has decided that adoption is the best option.
The target for this has been set at within seven months (213 days). Halton's average was 130 days and the England average was 195 days.
Gerald Meehan, Halton Council's strategic director, children and enterprise, said: "While we welcome our improving performance in terms of our adoption service, it should be remembered that every child will have its own specific circumstances to contend with in terms of care solutions.
“This is why perhaps we should be wary of any 'one size fits al'l approach when setting such deadlines."