Mixed-race adoption policy gets new guidelines

first_img Share Share News Mixed-race adoption policy gets new guidelines by: – February 21, 2011 Share 113 Views   no discussions Tweet The move is designed to help children from ethnic minorities become adoptedWhite couples should be allowed to adopt black and ethnic minority children under new guidelines for social workers in England.Local authorities will be warned not to delay placing a child with a suitable family of a different ethnicity.Many children from ethnic minorities do not get adopted because social workers have been keen to place them with families of the same background.The move will be confirmed by Education Secretary Michael Gove on Tuesday.Actions monitoredThe law will not change but the new guidance will state that as long as prospective adopters show that they are able to care for the child then race should not be a factor.They will also say that preventing families from adopting children of a different ethnic group is “unacceptable”.Each local authority will be closely monitored and those that persistently ignore the advice could have their adoption services contracted out to voluntary agencies.Current advice states that social workers must give “due consideration to the child’s religious persuasion, racial origin and cultural and linguistic background”, but does not specify whether race should be regarded as outweighing other factors.Children’s minister Tim Loughton announced in November last year that the government would be updating its guidance on adoption.Currently, single people, married couples and cohabiting couples can all adopt.Same sex couples can adopt in England, Wales and Scotland, but not in Northern Ireland.Adopters in England and Wales must be aged over 21 (18 if one of a couple is the birth parent). There is no upper age limit, but the placing authority must be confident anyone adopting a child will have the energy required and be in good enough health to offer a stable home.Likewise, if they can prove they have the energy, people will not be disqualified for being disabled, overweight or having a medical condition.People must also show that the can financially support a child.A criminal record will not automatically prevent someone from adopting unless they, or someone in their household, has been convicted or cautioned for offences against a child. Sharing is caring! BBC Newslast_img read more

Test pitches in India are boring and Favour Batsmen: Michael Vaughan

first_imgNew Delhi: Former England skipper Michael Vaughan has slammed the cricket pitches in India, saying the tracks are “boring” and are more in favour of the batsmen. “Test match cricket pitches in India are boring…The first 3/4 days the contest is far too in favour of the bat…needs more action for the bowler…My thought of the day …,” Vaughan tweeted on Friday.His comments came during the ongoing second Test between India and South Africa being played at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium in Pune where the Indian batters have dominated the proceedings. Skipper Virat Kohli and Mayank Agarwal scored brilliant hundreds and have taken the hosts to a commanding position.Even in the first Test, the Indian batsmen had a great time at the ACA-VDCA Stadium in Visakhapatnam. While Mayank scored a double hundred, Rohit Sharma — in his debut match as an opener in red-ball cricket — scored hundreds in both the innings in the game which India won by 203 runs. IANSAlso Read: Jasprit Bumrah shares motivational post on social mediaAlso Watch:All Assam Bengali Youth Students’ Federation in Biswanath demands error-free NRClast_img read more