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MPs Raise Concern Regarding Government Adoption Focus

A group of MPs have stated that they are concerned regarding the government's stance on adoption arguing that adoption should be one of a range of options” rather than the “gold standard” for children in care.

The news comes following the second reading of the Education and Adoption Bill, which encourages adoption of children in care. The bill will see adoption agencies encouraged to merge their services into regional agencies, and will allow the government to force such action if needed.

The criticism from the government’s proposals has been met with enthusiasm among some family groups and charities such as Tact, with the charity stating that the government’s focus on adoption was “unhelpful”

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Adoptions in Northern Ireland rise

Adoption UK has welcomed the news that eighty eight children were adopted from care in Northern Ireland during the year ending 31st March 2013 - twenty eight more than in 2012 - according to the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety.

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Adoption numbers see a welcome increase

Adoption and fostering charity TACT has welcomed the announcement from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) that the number of adoptions made in the UK in 2012 had risen by nearly 10%. This follows an increase in 2011 of 6%.

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Too many children waiting for adoption

One of the UK’s main children’s charities has highlighted the sad fact that too many children are being passed over for adoption because of individual personal characteristics, such as their age, ethnicity, disability or because they have siblings.

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Lifting the lid on adoption myths

New UK-wide research released by the British Association for Adoption & Fostering (BAAF) has revealed that almost a fifth (19%) of the UK public believe that being over the age of 40 would prevent a person being eligible to adopt a child.

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Foster and kinship carers recognised

Aberdeen City Council's Social Care and Wellbeing Committee has agreed to a variety of increases to fees and allowances paid to foster carers, adopters and kinship carers in the city.

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Fostering charity advises caution over adoption focus

The Fostering Network is advising the Government against an overwhelming focus on adoption as the way to solve the problems facing the care system, and is cautioning against the use of league tables and targets.

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