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Effective adoption panels


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What are the roles and responsibilities of adoption panel members? What laws and regulations determine the functioning of an adoption panel? How can panels improve their work to make better placements?

Effective adoption panels answers these and many other questions. It is the only guide designed to help panels make sound and effective recommendations.

It also contains comprehensive appendices covering useful supplementary information such as sample job and person specifications and sample review formats.

This edition reflects all recent changes in regulations, standards and guidance.

Who is this book for?

Effective panels: An introduction to the functions and operations of fostering and adoption panels

New and existing central list and panel members and all those who come into contact with the work of panels, particularly social workers, agency managers, committee members, adoptive parents and foster carers, and a wide range of other professionals.

What you will find in this book

The guide is organised into six chapters which focus on:

  • Establishing the panel
  • Agency policy and practice issues
  • Considering adoption for a child
  • Families offering placements
  • Matching children and families
  • Intercountry adoption


Jenifer Lord was a child placement consultant who worked for many years for BAAF. She is the author of Adopting a childThe adoption process in England and Effective fostering panels.

Deborah Cullen was the Legal Group Coordinator for the BAAF. She has authored several articles and books on childcare law.

A 10% bulk order discount will be applied at the checkout for orders of 10 copies or more on this title.