Get Adoption UK’s view on some key issues in the adoption field.
14 Mar 2012
National membership and support charity for adoptive parents Adoption UK has welcomed the publication of the Government’s Adoption Action Plan and its focus on improving the adoption system for children in care and their future adoptive families.
Adoption UK’s Chief Executive, Jonathan Pearce, made the following statement:
“The Action Plan is an ambitious attempt to address some of the shortcomings in the system, particularly those around the length of time that it takes to place children for adoption and the negative experiences that many adoptive parents have of the adoption system. We hope that the implementation of the Plan will build on the wide range of good practice that we know is already out there, while addressing the bad practice that also exists, and which undermines the positive aspects of the system.”
“Where the Action Plan could be strengthened is in relation to the development of adoption support services. The government’s Expert Working Group has clearly stated the importance of support services to government – the aim of recruiting more adopters and placing more children for adoption will not be realised unless support is put in place to help ensure the success of adoptive placements. While the Plan’s in principle support of the Working Group’s proposals is welcome, this is where we need to see more action.”
“We are particularly pleased to see the announcement of a National Gateway for Adoption, for which Adoption UK has been campaigning for in recent years. The Gateway should provide a consistent, welcoming service to those interested in adopting, and help overcome the barriers that we know about one-third of adopters experience in trying to get through the ‘front doors’ of adoption agencies.
“The streamlined assessment and preparation process will help renew confidence in the system, although speed of assessments must be balanced against quality and we know that for many adopters they value the time and space that the process gives them to consider the life-changing impact that adoption will have for them and any children placed with them. What Adoption UK’s adopters say they need is a process that better equips them for the joys and challenges of adoptive parenting through strong and continuing education and training on child development and how this is affected by the trauma of abuse and neglect, attachment issues and how to be therapeutic parents to abused and neglected children. Adopters also want to see other adopters being part of the adoption system as the experience that they are able to pass on is invaluable.
Read the Government's Adoption Action Plan in full
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