“Government must pledge support for all care arrangements not just adoption” says Shadow Children’s Minister Steve McCabe MP

Following the announcement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in the Summer Budget 2015 of a £30 million fund to help speed up adoption, Labour’s Shadow Children’s and Families Minister Steve McCabe MP (Birmingham Selly Oak) is calling on the Government to pledge support for all children in care and not just those for whom adoption is the best outcome.

 

This £30 million fund is intended to cover fees charged by adoption agencies that the Government say discourage Local Authorities from searching outside their area for prospective adoptive parents.

 

This announcement follows the Government’s Education and Adoption Bill which is currently having its Committee Stage in the House of Commons. The Bill introduces powers to require local authorities to combine their services into ‘regional adoption agencies’ to speed up adoption rates.

 

Commenting on the announcement, Steve McCabe MP said:

“While I welcome the announcement by the Chancellor to provide additional funding to help speed up adoption, I am concerned that this is another example of this Government’s view that adoption is the best answer.

 

“The majority of children in care do not go on to be adopted, for a lot of children fostering, residential care or kinship care is more appropriate. We know that local authorities are under huge financial pressures and I want to see better support and outcomes for all children in our care system.”

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