The number of adoptions has fallen in recent years to 4,350 in 2017, down from 5,360 in 2015.Read the full story ›
The singer, who has two other adopted children David Banda and Mercy James, said she was in the country for charity work.Read the full story ›
Women whose babies were taken from them in post-war Britain because they were unmarried tell of their ongoing pain in a new ITV documentary.Read the full story ›
Richard Page denounced being sacked as a family court judge for his views on same-sex adoption as "deeply illiberal".Read the full story ›
Prime Minister David Cameron has announced his plans for a "quicker adoption" process.Read the full story ›
The proposed Schools and Adoption Bill will contain new powers to require local authorities to merge to speed up adoption rates if they do not do so themselves within two years.
The Government said it would encourage town halls to set up their own mergers or outsource services to a single regional agency, while they will also be offered financial support to establish regional services.
Last year, according to the DfE more than 5,000 children were found the permanent home, representing a record increase of 26% over 12 months.
Plans to force councils to merge services in order to speed up adoption rates are to be announced in next week's Queen's Speech.
Adoption is "happening at too small and localised a scale", the Department for Education (DfE) said, and mergers would increase the pool of potential adopters, reducing waiting times.
Every single day a child spends waiting in care for their new family is a further delay to a life full of love and stability. This just isn't good enough.
By coming together and joining forces, councils can make sure more children are matched with families far quicker - regardless of where they live.
Official figures suggest more than 3,000 children are waiting to be matched with new parents, with more than half having spent 18 months in care.
A growing number of parents are fleeing to Ireland from England and Wales, where their children are being threatened with forced adoption.Read the full story ›
With a shortage of parents to adopt siblings, Tracey and Kevin Tyler share their experience of keeping a family together.Read the full story ›
Brothers and sisters are being split up because of a shortage of people willing to adopt siblings together, a charity has warned.Read the full story ›