Adoption: Councils asked to review practices after potential parents turned away

The education secretary says local authorities should not “shy away” from putting children who are in care forward for adoption, Sky News is reporting.

It comes after a drop in the number of assessments recommending adoption as the best option for vulnerable children, the Department for Education (DfE) said.

The DfE has now published updated advice for councils to “make clear” that age, income, sexual orientation and marital status should not be used as reasons to turn away potential adopters.

Children and families minister Michelle Donelan said there were “misconceptions” about who can and cannot adopt, which she felt could be putting off potential adopters.

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