Library Briefing on Adotion and Children Paper 2001
Quoting from Page 44 (which is the Local Government Association response)Clause 1 Family Support and balance of rights
Clause 1 (4) (a) refers to having regard to the wishes and feelings of the child. Children
should have the right to consent to adoption and to be made a party to the proceedings.
The value of contingency, concurrent and parallel planning should be recognised in the
Bill and in the adoption standards. There are real concerns about targets which may rush
agencies into placing children for adoption when the best plan, in accordance with the
wishes of the child, may be to work with the birth family to enable them to care for their
child. The Government’s target is to increase by 40% (preferably by 50%) the number of
looked after children adopted and in legally secure placements.