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Government sets out measures to speed up adoptions and give vulnerable children loving homes

The Prime Minister has recently set out proposed changes to legislation to ensure that, when adoption is in a child’s best interests, they are placed in loving homes as soon as possible.
 
The average time between a child entering care and moving in with their adoptive family is one year and nine months. The Government believes this is too long. Overwhelming evidence shows that every week of delay in giving young children a stable, long-term home harms their development and means they are more likely to develop behavioural and attachment problems.
 
Ahead of the Government’s Adoption Action Plan this week, the Prime Minister outlined how to speed up the process for vulnerable children.

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