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  • Consider the facts. Maybe Norfolk has fewer potential adoptive families-according to statistics we have a large number of older people in the county. Also the places -Yarmouth, Thetford etc.,which might have more children needing adoption could be hotspots because of inward migration and are those which might also have more people of low income with insecure futures who cannot consider adoption. It could be that poverty in these areas is leading to more older children who are harder to place in families, being taken into care.It could also be the case that Norfolk services take a more measured approach to adoption, and behave as if it is not the first option to be followed and recognise that it is better to place children carefully than to have the heart break of an adoption which fails because social services and families have been too optimistic or ignored difficulties. There are recorded instances of adoptions breaking down when placement officers ignored or concealed the behavioural problems adoptive parents would have to cope with. Solutions have to be the best for the children, this might not always be adoption and the government should look at ways of improving care for those who are hard to care for. Adoption is not about a family getting a kid , it is about a kid getting looked after properly.

    Daisy Roots

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

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