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Adoption in England: past and present challenges
  1. Jonathan Talbot1,
  2. Jacquelyn Bell2,
  3. Abhijit Mandal3,
  4. Fiona Finlay2
  1. 1 Paediatrics, Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust, Bath, UK
  2. 2 Community Child Health Department, HCRG Care Group, St Martins Hospital, Bath, UK
  3. 3 Paediatrics, Great Western Hospital Foundation NHS Trust, Swindon, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Fiona Finlay, Community Paediatrics, Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust, Bath, BA1 3NG, UK; Fiona.Finlay{at}hcrgcaregroup.com

Abstract

Over the last century, changes in legislation, social constructs and the perceptions of what family life ‘should’ look like have significantly transformed the process of adoption in England. The role of adoption has shifted from providing orphaned children a stable new home to today’s regulated process mainly supporting children who have suffered early physical or social adversity. This provides significant challenges to adopters, paediatricians, child psychiatrists and teachers who can only support adopted children by understanding their needs.

  • Child Health Services
  • Child Welfare
  • Ethics
  • History Of Medicine

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  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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