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Clause 41 — Child to live with adopters before application

Part of Orders of the Day — Adoption and Children Bill — [2nd Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 4:15 pm on 16th May 2002.

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Photo of Mr David Hinchliffe Mr David Hinchliffe Labour, Wakefield 4:15 pm, 16th May 2002

My hon. Friend therefore knows a bit about this subject, and I appreciate her expertise and commitment.

I want to say something about the number of children who need adoption. My hon. Friend the Minister of State may have up-to-date figures on the number of children in care, but the organisation British Agencies for Adoption and Fostering has calculated that some 5,000 more adoptive families will be needed in the next year. It is worried that the Government's aim of increasing the number of children adopted from care by 40 per cent. by 2004 will need many more adoptive applicants than are evident at present.