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.
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