Sunday, 12 January 2014

Adoption targets in Essex

John Hemming, Liberal Democrat MP for Birmingham Yardley has stated in the Birmingham Post that we must change the way family courts are run: Speaking about the case of the Italian woman who was forced to have a caesarean section before her baby was taken he says:
Family law, particularly when it involves more than one country, is a complex issue involving a number of very sensitive issues. However, the machinery has been hidden away and is only now partially coming to the surface.
I know... that Essex have an adoption target. In their corporate plan of 2012/3 it was 12 per cent of the children in care and they were below target. Previously they were paid £2,469,200 by the Blair government for increasing adoptions.

 photo Guardian October 2010

Hence when it comes to the care plan it is clear that the local authority employees are under a lot of pressure to propose a care plan for adoption.
It is in fact only the younger children that can be adopted. Nationally a very high proportion of the children that leave care under five do so through adoption.

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