Today I asked the Department for Education what the Government is doing to build on recent figures that show that adoption is increasing. We need to help families and make it easier for those who wish to adopt.
A recent National Audit Office report showed an encouraging 10% rise in adoptions. What is being done to help even more potential adopters to have the confidence to come forward and to support them through what can be a trying process?
Edward Timpson (Children's Minister):
[Charlie] is right to highlight the encouraging rise in the number of people who want to adopt coming forward and the number of adoptions taking place. However, we still need to do more to ensure there are no barriers in the way of anyone who wants to come forward and give a child who needs the best possible start in life that permanent future, and we are determined to see it through.
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