An action plan for adoption: tackling delay

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Great Britain. Dept. for Education
Department for Education
Date of publication
1 January 2011
Children and Young People
Social welfare
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There are currently over 65,000 children in England whom local authorities are looking after, either with the agreement of their parents, or because the local authority has satisfied the family court that it is in the best interests of the child for them to be taken into care. Getting the best possible care for those children is one of the state’s most important responsibilities. Delays in the adoption system cause lasting harm for vulnerable children, and may rob them of their best chance of the love and stability of a new family. This action plan sets out proposals for tackling the current delay in the adoption system and outlines plans to accelerate the whole adoption process so that more children benefit from adoption.

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