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06 March 2013
Adoptive parents may need to provide extra care for their children, especially if they have experienced neglect or abuse, and should be given more support under law. In a report published today the House of Lords Committee on Adoption Legislation recommended that every school should designate a teacher to take responsibility for pupils who have been adopted. The Lords also recommend that social workers are trained to understand the importance of early decision-making about young children’s future care on a case-by-case basis. For example, is adoption is the right solution for every child or should special guardianship be considered? Adopted children’s chance to have a loving, well-supported family life should not be compromised by the Government’s focus on increasing the number of adoptions in the UK, says the report. Baroness Butler-Sloss, Chairman of the Committee, said: ‘Whilst we fully support the Government’s aspirations, we believe that more can be done to improve the process, support those involved and ensure the right outcome is achieved for children.’What do you think of these recommendations? Would it make you more likely to consider adoption? Let us know on Facebook or tell us on Twitter.
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Families need more support when adopting, says House of Lords
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