A research review recommended that adoption research needed to be considered as part of general research into placement choices for looked after children. Larger-scale, more scientifically complex, more elaborate and therefore more expensive studies needed to be commissioned to gain a lifelong perspective on adoption, to answer questions about predictors of outcome, the consequences of contact arrangements for all the parties, and the cost-effectiveness of adoption support interventions. Many smaller-scale studies needed to be commissioned to monitor the progress of the various policy and legislative initiatives related to the push for adoption.
Source: Alan Rushton, The Adoption of Looked After Children: A scoping review of research, Social Care Institute for Excellence/Department of Health (020 7089 6840)
The government began consultation on regulations implementing the Adoption and Children Act 2002. It said that prospective parents would be given better information about the children they wanted to adopt; prospective adopters would get more consistent preparation, support and training from their adoption agency; and children would be asked for their views, and their wishes would be taken into account. (The Adoption and Children Act 2002 replaced the 1976 Adoption Act and reformed the legal framework for domestic and inter-country adoption.)
Source: Consultation on Adoption Agency Regulations and Adopter Assessment Regulations, Department for Education and Skills (0845 602 2260)
The Scottish Executive published a discussion paper on possible reform to fostering and adoption law.
Source: Alexandra Plumtree, Choices for Children in Fostering and Adoption: Discussion paper on legal issues, Scottish Executive (0131 556 8400)
Just 5 per cent of the children put forward for possible adoption by the national adoption register had been successfully adopted, the first annual report on the register revealed. The report covered an eight month setting-up period from August 2001 to March 2002, followed by the registers first 12 months of full operation from 1 April 2002 to 31 March 2003.
Source: Annual Report, Adoption Register for England and Wales (020 8800 3332)
Following consultation, the government announced that implementation of the first phase of new adoption support provisions would be postponed from April 2003 to October 2003.
Source: Statement 24.2.03, Department of Health (08701 555455)
Links: Text of statement