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PM announces new adoption push

Prime Minister David Cameron has declared himself “unashamedly pro adoption” and announced that forthcoming legislation will promote adoption over placements with blood relatives.

In an article for The Sunday Times, the PM claimed that ‘kinship care’ arrangements, in which children live with relatives, are “less stable” than full adoption. Family courts and social workers are wrong to favour kinship care over adoption, he insisted.

Cameron wrote:

“We will legislate to tip the balance in favour of permanent adoption where that is the right thing for the child – even when that means overriding family ties. For too long, whether through misguided notions of what is right or sensitivities about not wanting to cause offence, we have let the most vulnerable in our country down. That needs to change.”

Social workers would have to meet “new, demanding standards” by 2020, but there would also be a new freedom to use “experience and common sense” when making decisions, he declared.

There would be  a new “covenant” for those leaving care, with more effective support and clearer guidance on their rights.

Details of the forthcoming legislation are expected in tomorrow’s Queen’s Speech.

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  1. Jacqueline Hayes says:

    I think David Cameron is wrong a child should remain with it’s birth family where ever possible?,there are far to many innocent families being destroyed by forced adoption. Most case’s come from false aligations, false reports by social workers, for bonus payments and secrets in family courts. Social Workers need to work for the safety and future of children and families not for bonuses in their paypackets, they ignore those children and families that are desperate for help and remove children from safe loving homes as they are easier to place with adoptive families. Forced adoption has to stop now.

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