The Government is clearly worried about the drop in the number of adoptions, the reduction in the number of placement applications from Local Authorities and the rise in the number of Special Guardianship Orders being made.
Will this reduce the number of children waiting? With kinship services under pressure with cuts, some might feel that putting funding into family and friends care would be just as vital.
Councils matching children awaiting adoption with their adoptive families are to benefit from new government funding worth £4.5 million. The injection of cash will mean the first regional adoption agencies – groups of councils coming together to match children quickly with adoptive parents – will be up and running months earlier than planned