Adopted children need loving family to thrive

Children require a loving and predictable family environment to thrive, so matching youngsters with suitable adoptive families is ideal, it has been claimed.

Dr Angharad Rudkin, Chartered Psychologist, noted the sooner a child is placed in a safe and containing household, the increased likelihood they will develop positive attachments.

These comments come in response to news that performance league tables are to effectively name and shame the councils who are failing to source adoptive parents.

Prime minister David Cameron - who is also the MP for Witney - has claimed he is to get tough on the local authorities who struggle to meet targets, which could include them being stripped of their responsibilities for adoptions.

In addition to judging councils on the speed of their placements, the tables will also rank the bodies on 14 other factors that determine how well they are caring for the youngsters.

Dr Rudkin said: "The link between secure positive attachments and later well-being are increasingly being demonstrated and we should strive to continue to strengthen links between the work being done by local authorities and families and the research being carried out.

"The breakdown of an adoptive placement is deeply distressing for children and parents, so finding out more about the risks for breakdown and attempting to minimise these from the start is a good position to take.

"Of course, every effort needs to be made to ensure that the child is being placed in an appropriate environment, but rather than prioritising one over the other, it should be possible to satisfy bureaucratic needs and the needs of the child and the adoptive family."