The number of children being put forward for adoption has almost halved after warnings from judges over rushed and “sloppy” decision-making, throwing Michael Gove’s much-heralded reforms of the system into crisis.
Fewer adoptions being a crisis, well, it rather depends, doesn’t it? Are there fewer children who require adoption? That would be something of a victory, wouldn’t it?
In the ruling, Sir James said judges were becoming increasingly alarmed at the frequency with which children were being put forward for adoption when less “drastic” measures, such as being cared for by other relations, had not been considered.
He said it was time to “call a halt” to the tendency to apply for adoption orders based on “sloppy” or non-existent assessments of alternatives which would not irrevocably break-up families, something he condemned as a “lamentable state of affairs”.
Hmm. Too many people making too many claims to know what’s actually happening here.