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'Improvement needed' for adoption process

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The government has announced ways it plans to give more support and information to people adopting children in England.

David Cameron, who has taken a personal interest in making the adoption system "swifter" and "more effective", wants to give prospective parents a greater say in choosing their children.

Charities which campaign on adoption have welcomed today's announcement, but they want more to be done to offer families long-term support.

John Simmonds, the Director of Policy Research and Development at the British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF), told Today presenter John Humphrys that change is needed.

"We need to improve the timeliness of the process," he said.

He went on to emphasise the importance "of making sure that anyone who has an interest in becoming an adopter... are welcomed by the adoption agency, they get the information and advice that they need [and that] the assessment that needs to be done is done in a speedy way."


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