Adoption

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28th November 1994.

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Photo of Mr Peter Thurnham Mr Peter Thurnham , Bolton North East 12:00 am, 28th November 1994

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many children are adopted in Wales each year.

Photo of Mr Rod Richards Mr Rod Richards , Clwyd North West

The number of adoption orders made in Wales by the county courts and the family proceedings courts in the years 1992 and 1993 was 709 and 620 respectively.

Photo of Mr Peter Thurnham Mr Peter Thurnham , Bolton North East

Perhaps I should declare an interest as an adoptive parent of a boy born in Wales. Does my hon. Friend agree that the whole process of inter-country adoption should be much improved? Is he aware of the good work being done to set up the new agency, Families International, to help couples adopt from abroad and give a loving home to children who would otherwise be without a family?

Photo of Mr Rod Richards Mr Rod Richards , Clwyd North West

Yes, I agree with my hon. Friend. The Government are preparing legislation in the light of the White Paper "Adoption: the Future", published in November 1993. It is hoped to introduce legislative proposals when parliamentary time permits. Our proposals would impose a duty on local authorities to help parents seeking an overseas adoption.