The Local Government Information Unit is reporting that Councils in England could be forced to merge their services to speed up adoption rates, under measures included in next week’s Queen’s Speech.
The children’s minister Edward Timpson said councils should join forces to match children and families far quicker.
He said: “Every single day a child spends waiting in care for their new family is a further delay to a life full of love and stability. This just isn’t good enough. By coming together and joining forces, councils can make sure more children are matched with families far quicker, regardless of where they live.”
The Local Government Association said councils were already working together on adoption.
An editorial in the Independent states that increasing the rate of adoption so that it starts to make significant reductions in the numbers of looked after children could be one of the achievements of David Cameron’s compassionate Conservative second term in government.