Adoption: the current challenges

This report from the UK think tank Civitas looks at the changing nature of adoption and its place in our current child protection system.

The nature of adoption has changed considerably over the years: no longer are adopted children typically babies who have been given up by their mothers to avoid hardship or stigma. Instead, most are older and have been adopted following care proceedings.

In this paper, barrister Judith Pepper considers the issues that this has created for the family courts, in striking a delicate balance between child protection and the right to family life. These include the presence of social media, which has undermined the traditional secrecy and confidentiality around adoption arrangements, and the requirement for post-adoption support in dealing with disruption and other complications.

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