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.