Giving adopters the initiative 'improves matches'

David Cameron meeting parents who have or are about to adopt in west London earlier this year
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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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.