Adoption charities to be given £16m

Government funding will hopefully improve the adoption process

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The Department for Education is investing £16m in adoption charities across England in an attempt to tackle the backlog of children waiting for an adoptive family.

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The funding will be made available from later this year until 2016.

Previously, £50m has been given to local authorities to improve the adoption process, which the Government considers to be slow and too bureaucratic.

Ministers now want to help charities play a larger role and to explore “innovative ways” of tackling the problem.

Last year, over 600 adopters were approved by voluntary agencies, but Ministers hope the boost in funding will increase that figure to 2,000 a year.

“There are still over 4,000 children waiting to be adopted nationally, and we cannot stand by whilst children’s futures hang in the balance,” said Children and Families Minister, Edward Timpson.

“This is why we are taking a closer look at how we are recruiting new parents by giving voluntary adoption agencies a bigger role.”

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