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Adoption and Fostering

Education written question – answered on 15th October 2012.

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Photo of Richard Fuller Richard Fuller Conservative, Bedford

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his policy is on the advice available to people considering the adoption or fostering of children of a different race to their own.

Photo of Edward Timpson Edward Timpson The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

We want to encourage people from all walks of life and all backgrounds to come forward to foster or adopt. Those who do should not be turned away because they do not share the same ethnicity, including racial origin, as the looked after children in need of an adoptive or foster family. When a prospective foster carer or adopter is willing to consider fostering or adopting a child of a different ethnicity they must be provided with all the advice, training and support they need to help them fully to meet the child's needs.

The Prime Minister announced in March that we will act to reduce the delay in placement of children for adoption because of a search for a perfect or partial ethnic match. We will shortly publish for scrutiny draft legislative proposals that are part of the reforms designed to achieve this.

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