Adoption services ‘in crisis’ due to cutbacks

Adoption services 'in crisis' due to cutbacks- The Mandatory Training Group-

Adoption services ‘in crisis’ due to cutbacks

Adoption services ‘in crisis’ due to cutbacks.
The number of adoptions is falling and experts say more must be done to support those who apply to adopt children.
Adoption services 'in crisis' due to cutbacks- The Mandatory Training Group-
A lawyer says more must be done to recruit and support adopters. File pic
Adoption services in England are “a crisis facing the country”, according to a leading adoption lawyer.

Nigel Priestley, a senior partner at Ridley and Hall in Huddersfield, blamed government cutbacks and reorganisation, and claimed that more must be done to recruit and support adopters.

“There is austerity, so local authorities are under pressure; they’ve reorganised by grouping local authority adoption services into regional sections; there’s a shortage of foster carers; and there are still a high number of children coming into the system,” he said.

“If adoption is the government’s key policy in terms of long-term care for very needy children then obviously you’ve got to increase the resource.”

His comments come as a government shakeup of adoption services sees the closure of England’s National Adoption Register on 29 March.

A specialist matching service for difficult-to-place children is also closing.

 

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