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Catherine McKinnell MP, Shadow Children and Young Families Minister, responding to the publication of the ‘Children in Care and Adoption and Performance Tables’, said: 

“The true test of a good society is how it provides for its most vulnerable, in particular children in care. It is clearly important for some local authorities and parts of the court system to improve their performance when it comes to identifying children who are suitable for adoption, and then ensuring that they are placed in a timely fashion. 

"But whilst encouraging more prospective adopters to come forward, it is also absolutely vital to ensure that support services to both adoptive families and adopted children are also improved. At a time the Government are making reckless cuts to local authority budgets, it is difficult to see how this can be achieved – but this is perhaps the most crucial part of the jigsaw if we are to see more successful adoptions taking place. 

“David Cameron and the Tory-led Government cannot have it both ways. Whilst presiding over a reckless local government settlement, he is clearly out of touch with the realities facing local authorities in ensuring that all children thrive, whether they grow up in residential or foster care or placed with adoptive parents.”

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