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Abstract: The Adoption and Children Act 2002, due to come fully into force on 30 December 2005, effects a long-needed and radical reform of adoption law. The Act has had a very lengthy gestation and is widely regarded as being long overdue. After setting the reforms in a general historical and policy context, Caroline Ball examines, critically, the main provisions of the Act.

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“…The Adoption and Children Act 2002 introduced reforms to the law to recognize the changed nature of adoption practice and reflects a long overdue and radical reform of adoption law in the UK (Ball 2005). This legislation places new duties on local authorities to ensure greater consistency and quality of service in adoption support as well as in care planning, and specifies that contact issues have to be thoroughly explored prior to the making of an adoption order.…”
Section: Introductionmentioning
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“…The Adoption and Children Act 2002 introduced reforms to the law to recognize the changed nature of adoption practice and reflects a long overdue and radical reform of adoption law in the UK (Ball 2005). This legislation places new duties on local authorities to ensure greater consistency and quality of service in adoption support as well as in care planning, and specifies that contact issues have to be thoroughly explored prior to the making of an adoption order.…”
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“…The success rate was dismal. In England and Wales during this period, only 2.4 percent or 912 successful matches were recorded (Ball, 2005;Triseliotis et al, 2005). As a result, birth relatives, especially birth mothers, remained highly dissatisfied with the adoption contact register.…”
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“…Since the introduction of The Adoption and Children Act (2002), successive English governments have promoted adoption as a way of providing permanence for children in care who are unable to be reunified with their birth family (Ball, 2005; Lewis, 2004). The act was designed to align adoption legislation with the Children Act (1989) and increase the number of children adopted from care.…”
Section: Introductionmentioning