Note: this was not originally written as a blog post, as you can probably tell…
It is explicit in government policy that there has been a push towards more and faster adoption. This was notably so under Michael Gove, who was himself adopted:
- Speech: Michael Gove speech on adoption
- Policy document: proposals for placing children with their potential adopters earlier.
In fact, the press for more adoption neither started nor ended with Michael Gove, and arguably more properly represents a pendulum swing, between a model of social work that favours family support (intervention to keep families together) and one that favours child rescue (intervention to give children a better life).
This paper sets out, only briefly, some of the legal issues that have arisen in relation to the policy push for adoption. In is underpinned by two broad points about the nature of the law: Continue reading Briefing paper on non-consensual adoption and the law