Adoption UK responds to Government announcement to cut adoption delays
Published: 02.11.15Adoption UK welcomes the Prime Minister's announcement to double the number of children placed with their adoptive family sooner and halve the time they spend in care.
Adoption UK's chief executive, Hugh Thornbery commented on the new measures to double the number of children placed with their adoptive family sooner - halving the time they spend in care waiting to move into their permanent new family - and tightening up on the use of special guardianship orders.
Hugh said: “Adoption UK welcomes the proposals announced by the Prime Minister today as we have been deeply concerned about the 50% fall in adoption decisions over the past couple of years. Any initiative that places children in a secure family setting without unnecessary delay is clearly in their best interests. Research tells us delay is harmful.
We also welcome the proposals to tighten up on the use of Special Guardianship Orders. There is now enough evidence to show that too many of these orders should not be being made. There are some examples of children placed with virtual strangers with insufficient assessment and support which is too risky and flies in the face of what research tells us works best.
What is missing from today's announcement is a guarantee of future funding for therapy to support adopted families. We look forward to seeing what the Government does about this in the upcoming Comprehensive Spending Review.
Hugh added: "We will also be looking to see what positive changes regional adoption agencies bring for children and their families - it is very early days - but it is essential that the voice of adopters is central to the development of these new agencies”
For the full Government announcement visit https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pm-unveils-drive-to-increase-adoption...