David Cameron determined to ‘unleash adoption revolution’ announcing 25% increase in adoptions

18 August 2014

Today the Prime Minister David Cameron pledged his support for recent adoption reforms to support adoptive families in an effort to build on the 25% increase in adoptions that have taken place in the last year.

In a speech today at the Royal College of GPs, he announced his plans for an adoption revolution as part of his commitment to putting families at the centre of policy-making.

“For me, nothing matters more than family. It’s at the centre of my life and the heart of my politics.” He said.

As well as an increase in adoption placements, adopter recruitments are up by a third. To follow up on this the government have also pledged £19 million to the Adoption Support Fund.  Adoption agencies will be able to apply for the fund so they can access post adoption support services such as therapeutic support.

He has also affirmed the government’s commitment to make the adoption process less bureaucratic.

“We’ve swept away the ridiculous rules that stop children being placed in a loving home. Rules on race, age and family circumstances. If you are the right person to bring up a child, you should be allowed to do it.” He went on to say “I’m determined to do everything we can to unleash this adoption revolution in our country. So that more people have the chance to adopt, and more children have the chance of growing up in a loving family.”

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