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.
“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.