PM unveils adoption plan

David Cameron is to announce plans to radically speed up the amount of time it takes to place children with potential adopters.

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Adoption UK welcomes fostering plans in principle

Jonathan Pearce, chief executive of Adoption UK, has welcomed the Government's planned changes, but he warned that more detail was needed to clarify how the system would work:

The proposals for England need to address some of the practice issues that are already known about, as well as provide some more detail on how the system will work in practice, particularly the support arrangements for prospective adopters and how adoption pay and leave arrangements will need to be adjusted. In essence, this new initiative can only truly work if all the details are smoothed out and proper support is put in place for adopters.

– Jonathan Pearce, Adoption UK

PM unveils foster-first policy for prospective parents

Babies taken into care will be looked after by the families who hope to adopt them under government plans to reduce the disruption that many suffer in real life.

David Cameron Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Archive

David Cameron has told The Times that ministers will legislate to make fostering by approved adopters 'standard practice' for infants under 1, so they can have a more stable side.

What the Foster For Adoption plan is proposing

  • Under the Foster For Adoption plans, men and women who have been cleared as adopters can become a child's foster parent until they are legally allowed to adopt them.
  • Now, local authorities generally wait until court orders are made before beginning their search for a permanent home.
  • The move will not pre-empt any legal ruling, meaning the youngsters could be returned to their birth parents or other carers.
  • But the Government hopes it will mean the interests of the children are put first.
  • New analysis shows that of the babies put into care aged under one month, half were eventually adopted, but it took an average of more than 15 months for them to move in with their permanent family.

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UK adoption figures

  • 3,050 children were adopted in 2010-11.
  • 60 babies under the age of one were adopted in 2010/11.
  • Over the last three years 31% of children who left care aged 0 to 4 did so through adoption.
  • 10% through special guardianship and 7% through residence orders.
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