New rules to speed up the adoption system are due to come into force in July, the Government has announced.
Building on the successes of 2013, which saw a record 15% increase in adoptions, the recently announced changes will reduce delays for black and ethnic minority children and give adopters a much more active role in finding children they might be suitable to adopt.
The package represents another giant leap in overhauling the adoption system, says the Government, and includes:
Research published last year by the Department for Education shows that over 4 million people in England are likely to consider adopting at some point in the future, yet up and down the country there are still 6,000 children waiting for safe, new homes.
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