As part of its programme of adoption reform, the Government has published an Adopters’ Charter which sets out what adopters and prospective adopters can expect from adoption agencies.
Children’s Minister Tim Loughton said:
The Government has given adoption renewed impetus as a route to a permanent family home for children who have often experienced sustained neglect and abuse.
I want more people from all walks of life to come forward to adopt these children. When they do, I want them to be welcomed with open arms and to receive all the help and support they need from the initial point of contact right through the adoption process and, as and when needed, throughout the adoption journey itself.
I also want adopters to feel valued and respected for the chance they provide to transform a child’s life. Too often we fail to recognise that adoption is built on the life-long commitment and determination of adoptive parents. This Charter is an important step towards doing just that. I hope that agencies will endorse, implement and build on its principles and that, at the same time, it will give adopters the confidence to question agency planning and decision making.
If you would like to tell the Department that you have signed up to the Charter, or let us know what you have been doing then please contact Charmaine Church in the adoption team.
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