High praise for County Durham adoption service
Adoption services in County Durham have been awarded an "outstanding" rating from watchdog Ofsted.
In August, inspectors assessed the way children were going through the adoption process were dealt with, to make sure they were safe and happy.
A council spokeswoman said the positive result reflected the "hard work and dedication" of the staff.
Since August last year, 32 children have been placed with adoptive families in the county council area.
Councillor Claire Vasey, portfolio holder for children and young people, said: "Ofsted highlighted that the adoption service is managed particularly well, at all levels, by committed, enthusiastic and skilled managers.
"We are thrilled that our staff have achieved an outstanding result."
The Labour-led county council was awarded the same rating during the last routing inspection in 2007.