Is Cameron right to redevelop the adoption system?
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Following statistics that show a decline in the number of children being matched for adoption, David Cameron has called for a review that will speed up the adoption process for babies under one year of age. This could lead to brighter futures for children across the UK. According to recent statistics, between 2010 and 2011 there was a 5% decrease overall in the number of adoptions, in spite of a rise in the number of children placed in care homes. When it came to babies under a year old, the study showed that 3660 were in care. Of those children, only 60 were placed for adoption. It is in the light of this downward spiral that David Cameron is enforcing the ‘Foster For Adoption’ plan, which aims to place babies with foster parents planning to ultimately adopt them. He hopes that this will “avoid the disruption that can be so damaging to a child's development and so detrimental to their future well-being." In my opinion, this is a commendable project, though there are some anxieties as to the problems it could produce. Plans have been set in place to speed up family court proceedings to six months compared to the current average of over a year, through the new Children and Families Bill which is expected to be enforced next year. Lisa Nandy, minister for the labour party, has voiced concerns that the legislation “may lead to rushed decisions or put local authorities off recommending children for adoption in the first place.” It is important that authorities make the right decision, as adoptive “re-parenting” is a specialised therapeutic method for cared-for children as much as it is the means of bringing love back into their lives.
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