Praise for city adop­tion agency

IN­SPEC­TORS RATE OR­GAN­I­SA­TION AS OUT­STAND­ING

Sunderland Echo - - News - By Sue Kirby sue.kirby@jpress.co.uk @suekir­byjp

Staff at a Sun­der­land adop­tion agency are cel­e­brat­ing be­ing rated as out­stand­ing.

Of­sted gave the top rat­ing to Arc Adop­tion North East af­ter its lat­est in­spec­tion.

A re­port into the agency, based at Sun­der­land En­ter­prise Park, said it was out­stand­ing in all ar­eas.

In­spec­tors said they were im­pressed with the con­tin­u­ous drive to im­prove adop­tion ser­vices both lo­cally and na­tion­ally.

Arc Adop­tion North East re­cruits, as­sesses and ap­proves adopters through­out the coun­try for chil­dren need­ing lov­ing and nur­tur­ing homes, mean­ing that chil­dren live in fam­i­lies that keep them safe and pro­mote their growth and devel­op­ment.

In mak­ing their judge­ment, in­spec­tors had to con­sider the over­all ex­pe­ri­ences of both the chil­dren and adults that the agency works with, tak­ing into ac­count how well they are helped and pro­tected and also the ef­fec­tive­ness of lead­ers and managers.

The re­port also high­lighted feed­back from adopters, one of whom said: “The staff that work at ARC are tremen­dously wel­com­ing and sup- portive. Our ex­pe­ri­ence with them could not have been bet­ter.”

Di­rec­tor at ARC Adop­tion North East Terry Fitz­patrick said: “This is a tremen­dous achieve­ment that the whole team are re­ally proud of.

“We all feel that it is a great priv­i­lege to work in the field of adop­tio­nandweare­for­tu­nate to have been given a chance, as a North East- based agency, to be highly in­flu­en­tial in the adop­tion field both re­gion­ally and na­tion­ally.

“This demon­strates the level of ex­pe­ri­ence, pro­fes­sion­al­ism and com­mit­ment that ex­ists within the team at ARC Adop­tion.”

Mem­bers of the Arc Adop­tion North East team cel­e­brate their out­stand­ing achieve­ment.

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