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Making adoption a priority

Friday, March 9 2012

David Cameron

The Prime Minister will today say he will make "sorting out and speeding up adoption" a priority in the UK.

Speaking in London the Prime Minister will outline a number of changes to legislation to ensure that children, when adoption is in a child's best interests, are placed in loving homes as soon as possible.

The three key measures outlined by Mr Cameron, ahead of the Government's Adoption Action Plan next week, are:

Local authorities will be required to reduce delays in all cases and will not be able to delay an adoption for the perfect match

* Local authorities will be required to reduce delays in all cases and will not be able to delay an adoption for the perfect match if there are other suitable adopters available. The ethnicity of a child and the prospective adopters will, in most cases, come second to the speed of placing a child in a loving home.

* Proposed changes to legislation will make it easier for children to be fostered by approved prospective adopters while the courts consider the case for adoption. This will mean they stay in one home with the same parents, first as foster carers, and then as adopted parents if the court agrees to adoption.

* If a match has not been found locally within three months of a child being recommended for adoption, LAs will have to refer them to the national Adoption Register so they can find a match in a wider pool of prospective adopters.

David Cameron will say: "Every child deserves the love of a stable family - and that's why I've made sorting out and speeding up adoption in this country a priority.

"There's no more urgent task for government than this. Young lives are being wasted while the process takes its toll - and the victims are some of the most vulnerable young people in our society. You can't put children's futures on hold while the system gets round to dealing with their case.

"So this government is going to tear down the barriers that stop good, caring potential adoptive parents from giving a home to children who so desperately need one."

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