"MORE CHILDREN THAN EVER ARE GETTING A SECURE AND LOVING START IN LIFE" – LOCAL MP HERALDS RECORD ADOPTION FIGURES
Peter Lilley welcomed new figures published last week by the Department for Education which show that more than 5,000 children have been placed in loving, stable homes in the last 12 months – an increase of 26% on the previous year. This includes 85 children in Hertfordshire.
"It is great news that the number of children adopted from care has risen to the highest level yet," said Peter. "In Hertfordshire the number of children adopted has increased from 55 in 2010 to 85 in 2014. That means more children in a secure and loving home, who are able to get a better start in life.
"Recent reforms have taken the common sense action needed to make adopting easier. It is now easier for adoptive parents to foster a child first, so children can move in with their adoptive family much earlier. Extra school funding has also been made available for all children adopted from care. The consequent reduction in delays for children waiting to be placed with their new families is to be welcomed.
"Welcoming a vulnerable child into your home is a rewarding but challenging experience. We will continue to ensure that both children and families are given as much support as possible throughout the adoption process.
"Of course, normally it is best for children to be raised by their natural parents. But where they cannot do so adoption should be arranged as speedily as possible. When I was a minister I was appalled to discover how slow the process was. It is vital that young babies should be able to bond with their adoptive parents as soon as possible and older children do not experience long periods of instability in temporary and often changing foster homes before adoption. Thank Heaven progress is at last being made to speed up this process."