More help for potential adopters

Potential adopters are set to be given a more active role in selecting a child and granted the same maternity and paternity paid leave arrangements as biological mothers and fathers.

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Giving adopters the initiative 'improves matches'

David Cameron meeting parents who have or are about to adopt in west London earlier this year Credit: Press Association

Former chief of Barnardo's, Martin Narey, is now the Government's adoption adviser. He says new evidence from the US - and more recently the UK - suggests giving adopters the initiative improves matches:

"Of course, that does not mean that adopters can simply choose their child, they still need professional advice on such a vital decision. But it's clear and indeed I have observed that there is a chemistry between adopters and children which can provide a foundation for a very successful adoption."

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