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.
The Government wants to make changes to the current system in an attempt to find hundreds more volunteers to home 4,000 youngsters on a national register.
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