Against their will: The controversial practice of forced adoption at the behest of social services is facing widespread criticism at home and abroad. RT’s Daniel Hawkins interviews one family affected by the policy.
Money to be announced in budget will cover fees that ministers say discourage local authorities from searching outside their borough for parents.
Children in local authority care who are waiting to find new parents are to be helped with a £30m package of support in Wednesday’s post-election budget.
The money will be used to pay fees that local authorities are charged by adoption agencies or other councils for finding, assessing and matching an adoptive parent and child.
Concerns were raised last year after the number of children being put forward for adoption nearly halved in 12 months. The new funds are intended to accelerate the adoption process.
A £27,000 fee is paid for an adoptive parent found from outside a local authority’s border either by another council or by one of 30 voluntary sector adoption agencies.
Ministers believe the fee acts as a disincentive to local authorities making a thorough search outside their borough for potential parents, particularly for children least likely to find a new home.
The government’s education and adoption bill will also include new powers to require local authorities to merge or outsource services to single regional agencies if they do not do so themselves within two years.
Osborne said: “We cannot sit by when so many children are waiting so long to find a stable, loving home, particularly when there are parents out there who want to adopt. It just isn’t good enough.
“It shouldn’t matter where those families might live. This funding will cover the fees that local authorities have to pay when families are found from other areas, and I hope will mean many more children are adopted more quickly.”
David Cameron has asked all relevant government departments to work together on a broad plan to improve and speed up the adoption process.
Officials point out that the number of children adopted increased from 3,200 in 2010 to 5,050 in 2013/14.
Source Guardian Online
Journal columnist and TV personality Denise Robertson on the heartbreak and unfairness that is all too common in the legal system. Last week a grandmother wrote: “My only hope now is a miracle, which is unlikely, as since this happened to my family I have met so many innocent parents and grandparents who have lost their children to forced adoption. Why do the courts, who are supposed to protect us and make sure justice is done, ignore us.” Read more, click here
The feature length documentary that they dont want you to see. 5 minute extract from the DVD which is due for release December 2014. The real truth behind the child protection system. Social workers, Judges, Lawyers and Guardians of the court all working together to secure the removal of children from their families and traffic them around the UK. Share, share make people aware.