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Government announces proposed adoption changes

On 24 December 2012, the government announced proposed changes to the adoption system which aim to increase the number of adoptions. The following proposals will affect prospective adoptive parents who are in employment:

  • Providing them with time off work to meet the children that they are due to adopt before they move in with the family, in order to assist the transition for parents and children. It is not stated whether this time off will be paid or unpaid.
  • Increasing paid leave for those adopting a child, so as to bring adoption pay and leave in line with the maternity and paternity leave offered to biological parents.

In addition, the government are considering encouraging Adoption Activity Days (as pioneered by the British Association of Adoption and Fostering) to allow adopters a more active role in the adoption process, with the chance to make a connection with a child in advance and play a greater role in finding the right match. It is not clear whether the right to time off will extend to cover these days.

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