The Government's Action Plan for Adoption has been published today. The Plan sets out "to overhaul the system for prospective adopters and strengthen the performance regime for local authorities". It includes proposals for:
- New adoption scorecards, to hold local authorities to account (the first scorecards will be published in the coming weeks);
- A revised approval process for new adopters, cutting it to six months; and
- A national gateway for adoption, providing a first point of contact for anyone interested in adoption.