Children need a new family when it is not possible for them to live with their birth parents. The courts decide whether adoption is in the child’s best interest. Adoption decisions are taken seriously by the courts.
Although there are other routes to providing a child with a family, adoption is the most permanent route. Once a child is adopted, the adoptive parents become the legal parents. The birth parent’s rights are distinguished.
UK law supports children to be raised within their own families if possible.
Social workers will try and work with families and provide support to enable families to stay together.
However, it is not always possible for children to remain living with their birth families due to some of the reasons below: