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The Education and Adoption Bill 2015

The government is proposing further changes to adoption law and practice in the Education and Adoption Bill 2015, clause 13, writes Alec Samuels

13 October 2015

In essence, the proposals are for rationalisation and regionalisation. The Adoption Leadership Board, chaired by Sir Martin Narey, has been leading the charge in improving the adoption situation. Some 5,000 children per year are being adopted, a substantial increase in recent times. The national adoption register has opened
up opportunities, and the time lapse between being taken into care and adoption has fallen.

Considerable public funds have gone into adoption, too: £200m has been provided to local authorities through the adoption reform grant, £17m
has been given to voluntary adoption agencies, and £19.3m for the Adoption Support
Fund, for therapeutic support.
At the same time, adopters and potential adopters are informed of their rights in assessment, entitlement to services, and priority in school admission. Court delays are reducing but are still seen as too long, despite the efforts o...

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