I see the numbers of children being adopted continue to rise in Coventry. From just 23 in 2010/11 to 43 completed adoptions with 27 pending this year. This is a combination of more children in care with little or no prospect of ever returning home safely and a determination to give these children a permanent and loving home. This is the result of changes I helped to introduce a couple of years ago and it is pleasing to see it bear results.
It was as clear then as it is now that the numbers of children coming into care was very high and that we needed to make sure our systems were working correctly to ensure these children had a future built on the stability of a normal family life.
The pressure on the service is not reducing, a symptom it would seem of too many parents sadly, unable or unwilling to look after their own children properly. I pay tribute to all those who work in Children’s Services in Coventry. They do an incredibly difficult job at a time when demand continues to outstrip the resources available.
These days when all you seem to read are negative stories about Children’s Services, let me pay tribute to those who work in this profession. I know what a great job you do.
Keep up the good work.