I didn't quite believe the headlines on the radio as I was waking up this morning and so had to pick up a newpaper to double check.....
"Only 60 babies were adopted in England last year....... from 3,660 less than one year olds inthe care system"
Shocking statistics that need the government locally and nationally to rethink the system. On one hand I am totally heartened that adopters are put through a tough selection process as committing to provide a permanent home and family to some of the most vulnerable children in our country is a serious task. But we really have to rethink how to speed up that system, without losing the rigour, or let down a generation of children.
Foster carers do an excellent job, but as one myself, I am always looking to find a permanent solution for any child that comes through our door. However, with something like a third of adoptions breaking down we need to look at the whole system to ensure prospective adopters understand the reality, and that the system itself does not present unnecessary delays.
I made some comments on BBC Newcastle this morning if you want to hear more our our views or check out our DadTalk site for comment and links.
Matt Buttery on BBC Newcastle at 8.40am, 29/09/11 http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00kbzsf