New proposals to make 'real connection' when adopting

The Government is urging people celebrating Christmas to "think seriously about opening up their home to a child awaiting adoption". Among the measures being proposed are:

  • More "activity days" where prospective parents can make "a real connection" with a child on the register which have proved very successful especially with those considered harder to place
  • The right to take time off work to meet the children they are set to adopt before they move in to help smooth the transition
  • Trials of personal budgets to give parents more choice over support services
  • Include adopted children among those qualifying for free education at the age of two for 2014
  • A telephone helpline manned by adopters and an online service

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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.