A report summarized a mapping survey of services supporting birth relatives and contact provided by adoption agencies, together with their costing, commissioning, and accessibility.
Source: Supporting the Birth Relatives of Adopted Children and Supporting Post-Adoption Contact in Complex Cases: Executive summary, Research Report RW99, Department for Education and Skills (0845 602 2260)
The Prime Minister said that there would be no exemptions for faith-based adoption agencies offering publicly-funded services (in particular, those run by the Catholic Church) from regulations which prevented discrimination against same-sex couples. There would be a transition period before the regulations came fully into force at the end of 2008 for existing adoption agencies.
Source: Press release 29 January 2007, 10 Downing Street (020 7270 1234)
Links: Downing St press release | Catholic Church press release | Stonewall press release | Barnardos press release | Christian Institute press release | BAAF press release | TUC press release | BBC report | Guardian report | Times report
The Northern Ireland Executive announced (following consultation) a series of initiatives to improve adoption in Northern Ireland. Patchy and inconsistent support services would be tackled by placing a clear duty on trusts, for the first time, to ensure the provision of adoption support services, including financial support. A new legal order of ?special guardianship? would enable children to have a permanent family life with a carer but maintain a basic link with their birth family.
Source: Press release 25 January 2007, Northern Ireland Executive (028 9052 0500)
The Adoption and Children (Scotland) Act 2007 was given Royal assent. The Act was designed to reform and extend the adoption system in Scotland. It placed a legal duty on each local authority to provide an adoption service.
Source: Adoption and Children (Scotland) Act 2007, Scottish Parliament, TSO (0870 600 5522)
Links: Text of Act