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Christian MP calls for a major shift in England's adoption system

by Kelly Valencia

England's adoption system needs to move from a "family finding" process to a "family building" process. 

That's according to a new report by a cross-party group of MPs and Peers who are calling for a major shift in England's adoption system.

"The main thing that we've focused on is that we move from a system which predicates on its efforts on just family finding into one that's around family building and showing that we see this as not a moment, but a lifetime commitment to a family," Christian MP for York Central Rachael Maskell, who is part of the cross-party group, told Premier.

"That's really important for a child when we're talking about stability, but also important for all involved in the relationships around the child whether the birth family or foster carers as well as statutory services," she continued. 

The 'Strengthening Families' report is part of a wider government-commissioned review of children's social care in England being led by the Children's Minister, MP Vicky Ford, and Josh McAlister, founder of Frontline, a charity working with vulnerable children in the UK. 

The provision of high-quality adoption support plans, a 10-year commitment to the Adoption Support Fund and training for teachers in supporting children who have experienced early trauma, are some of the recommendations set out in the report. 

Maskell also encouraged churches to continue providing support for families affected by this issue. 

"We know that churches are part of that support network too whether a member of a church or a member of your community, "she said. "With all parenting, there are always massive challenges and learning curves. And that's why we want to ensure that as a community, we raise our children, not just as individuals having to struggle through systems. And I think churches and Christians can play such an important role in being there for parents as well as children." 

The recommendations have been sent to the Minister and Shadow Minister, as well as Josh McAlister.

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