Adoption Now: Messages from Research

Adoption Now: Messages from Research

Adoption Now: Messages from Research

Adoption Now: Messages from Research


Adoption has undergone a transformation in the last decade or so, and has brought with it new and pressing issues such as the adoption of older children from care; contact with birth families after adoption; trans-racial placement; single-person adoption; and the need for a post-adoption support service. Over recent years, the Department of Health has commissioned a range of studies on adoption. They have since set up a working party - largely comprising practitioners - to review the results of these studies and draw out the implications for practice and policy.


Good quality research is essential if the policy making process is to be effective. This is certainly the case with adoption. As the Government continues to develop policy in this area, it is important that we can draw upon the most up-to-date and reliable information. And this information needs to be widely shared with everyone with an interest in the welfare and well being of children.

This is precisely the purpose of Adoption Now: Messages from Research. The most recent and important studies on adoption have been brought together in a single volume, presented in a way that focuses on the main ingredients of each project. The particular subject areas are diverse; their outcomes are sometimes provocative and sometimes surprising but always informative and challenging. Its publication is timely. It coincides with the Quality Protects programme of which adoption is a key element. The Government believes very strongly in the positive role that adoption can play. As a Government, we are determined systematically to transform all services for children and to ensure that adoption becomes part of the mainstream of these services.

Adoption Now highlights many important aspects of adoption, not least the quality of services provided for children, delay in finding a suitable placement, recruitment of adoptive parents including single adopters, preparing children for adoption, placing siblings for adoption as well as the legal process. All those involved with children's services need to reflect upon these findings and ask themselves what it signifies for their own practice. The Government, for its part, will continue to pay the closest attention to improving adoption policy and practice. We owe the children concerned nothing less.

JOHN HUTTON Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Department of Health . . .

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