Couples in the Midlands face UK’s longest adoption wait

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People in the Midlands who want to adopt a child experience the longest wait times in the country.

The Ministry of Justice has revealed that the average amount of time it takes for a Court in England and Wales to issue an adoption order is around ten weeks. However those in the Midlands must wait around 18 weeks before they are named a child’s legal parents. In 2016/17 courts in the region approved 1,228 such orders.

Londoners also have to wait a long time, with the average adoption case taking a little over 17 weeks to be completed. By contrast, courts in the south east take just 0.1 weeks to approve adoptions.

These orders give those who have a child placed in their care full parental rights and responsibilities. Adults can apply for them once the child in question has lived with them for at least ten weeks.

Earlier this year, the Department for Education revealed that the Family Courts are now four times more likely to refuse an adoption application than they were four years ago. Last year 250 applications were turned down, compared with just 60 back in 2012.

This noticeable drop in such a short period of time could be linked to a 2013 judgment by Family Division President Sir James Munby. He said that too many local authorities were not exploring all possible alternatives to adoption before proceeding with their applications.

Photo by Camilo Rueda López via Flickr under a Creative Commons licence.

Stowe Family Law Web Team

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5 comments

Madelaina Eftekhari - August 14, 2017 at 8:51am

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Dr manhattan - August 14, 2017 at 12:02pm

“Last year 250 applications were turned down, compared with just 60 back in 2012.
This noticeable drop in such a short period of time could be linked to a 2013 judgment by Family Division President Sir James Munby. He said that too many local authorities were not exploring all possible alternatives to adoption before proceeding with their applications.”
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Yes but 250 turned down tells us nothing without the total amount of applications and how many were granted in each of those years.
Sir James Munby is absolutely right. LAs are not exploring every possible avenue and are too quick to push for Adoption orders. even when they do extended family assessments they are deliberately finding all applicants unsuitable. that has to ring alarm bells.

Sam - August 18, 2017 at 4:45pm

The local authorities are removing babies at birth at alarming rates,taking the siblings the ones aged between 0-4yrs are immediately adopted and the siblings who are older are then Jammed in the system. You have the private companies adopting out the local authorities kids,you then have the charities who are involved. We have seen that there taking children on no facts or evidence whatsoever to take newborn babies but obviously have to take the siblings to get the adoptable children. There is to much power held by social services to remove children. No support is ever offered,no other outside agencies,just there reports going in the family court. We have read also where local authorities are not very helpfull with adopters once the child has been placed? Where are all these children going if this report is right,as adopters are going an advising others to not adopt in there borough and maybe look at the next one or further on outside of for example where printed above? Children are being adopted with clean medical files after suffering injuries in the local authorities care,no file history on the families which might affect the child. The adopters are then passed files of the LA and we know from experience everything was a lie,to be honest with you that is when we read what they were saying we couldn’t prove it was lies 1. Not enough time in the family courts 2. Partied in a 22weeks they already went to court without either parents knowing putting on reports and cafcass that the parent was unknown which was a lie as they had 3 in 1 orders. it’s the local authorities who get appointed 6 months temp jobs and move on. These are children’s lives, attachment disorders are caused a majority of the time by them removing the child from everything and everyone they have ever known cutting contact without permission from the family courts. When parents are being misrepresented or the solicitors/barristers don’t have papers it should immediately be adjourned but this is not happening either. It would Also be a great help if the cafcass workers (a few) would know before writing the report that the local authorities took a child 230 miles for example and placed with potential adopters. It isn’t fair on either party especially the child taken based on lies and lying to the courts.
I will always stress after seeing conversations myself it’s important both parents are on the birth certificate and should be a law. It’s unfair when someone’s name has been tarnished for example known by association! Where they were once in work with the person

Dr manhattan - August 18, 2017 at 10:13pm

“the ones aged between 0-4yrs are immediately adopted and the siblings who are older are then
Jammed in the system”.
100% correct.

“No support is ever offered,no other outside agencies,just there reports going in the family court”.
Correct again.

“attachment disorders are caused a majority of the time by them removing the child from everything and
everyone they have ever known cutting contact without permission from the family courts”
And Correct again.
You know their system inside out Sam.

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