Cameron calls for quicker adoption process
Plans to make the adoption process quicker for children are set to be announced by David Cameron today. The government aims to put an end to the “tragedy” of children having to wait to be placed in a family home and the proposals are predicted to allow 500 more children to be moved into adoptive homes sooner. The Prime Minister wants to double the amount of children moving in with their adoptive families before legal proceedings are completed, raising the figure from 10% to 20% of children who are placed with adoptive families before the adoption is finalised.
The government also plans to put councils under tougher regulations to stop children being sent to live with distant relatives that they may never have met. Ministers believe that the new plans to place children into adoptive homes early could half the time that families have to wait for legal procedures to be settled. Currently around half of local councils do not have an early placement scheme, meaning that children have to wait for their adoption to be formalised before they are allowed to move in with their new family.