- 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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