Welcome to another week.
The government has today launched the National Adoption Strategy, an initiative designed to make adoption easier in England and Wales.
The new strategy will speed up adoptions, and could potentially relax rules around who can adopt. The initiative has received an estimated £49 million to put into recruiting along with implementing a new framework of national standards for adoption agencies.
The announcement follows growing calls from leading social workers and researchers to make adoption the last port of call for children in care, and to try to keep children and their natural parents together wherever possible. The Strategy also comes as natural parents have increasingly begun to challenge their children’s adoption orders in court.
Our question this week then, is this: do you think the strategy is a good idea or a bad idea?