Ofsted have said that the most significant cause of delay for children needing adoption is the length of time taken to complete court proceedings.
The Right on Time report has revealed that it takes an average of 14 months to complete care proceedings. These report findings have been based on a survey of 9 local authorities, 53 adoption cases and interviews with 23 approved adopters.
Although the report also found that delays were caused by a lack of suitable adopters and/or weak planning, it concluded that these issues were not as significant as those caused earlier by the delays in initiating and concluding care proceedings.
Swain & Co. are family law specialists and we welcome the findings, although the entire focus of delays cannot be placed solely on the courts, hence why the government is looking to resolve the adoption process as a whole. But, proceedings do need to be speeded up.
We deal with all areas of family law here at Swain & Co. and have a specialist team of lawyers on hand to advise you on child care proceedings, divorce, domestic violence and much, much more. Please call us to discuss your needs on free phone 0800 0351 999 or landline 02392 492967.