Prime Minister David Cameron is to announce plans to speed up the process of getting children up for adoption into permanent family homes, according to the Guardian.
The Fostering for Adoption scheme will mean that men and women cleared as adoptive parents will be able to foster a child while waiting for legal procedures finalising the adoption to go through.
The hope is that the scheme will give children a better start in life by getting them into a stable family home as quickly as possible.
Under the current scheme, it takes more than 15 months for a baby under one month in care to move in with their permanent family.
David Cameron said, “Children’s needs must be at the very heart of the adoption process… that’s why I’m changing the law and calling for urgent action.
“I’m determined that we act now to give these children the very best start in life. These babies deserve what every child deserves: a permanent, secure and happy home environment to grow up in.”
The plans come after the Government vowed to take action after learning that only 60 babies under one were adopted in 2010/11.