Anne Marie Carrie, of Barnardo’s children’s charity, said: “this is a tragedy, it’s a tragedy for the children who are languishing in the care system and frankly, it’s a tragedy for those people who have come forward who want to be parents and adopt a child”.
Falling adoption rates can be attributed to heightened bureaucracy and increased suspicion of potential parents. Children’s minister Tim Loughton has stated that bureaucracy must be reduced.
The amount of paperwork required and the thresholds set before a potential parent can adopt a child means that children are spending more time than ever in care homes. Figures show that children now wait an average of 2 years 7 months to be adopted.
Anne Marie Carrie believes that treatment of parents needs to drastically improve, they should be ‘cherished’ instead of treated with enormous suspicion.
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