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Adoptees wait up to 20 months to be placed in a new home, new figures from local authorities suggest.
Children's Minister Tim Loughton said the figures were a "trigger for urgent, detailed discussions" to speed up the adoption process.
The Government has already proposed a number of changes to the adoption system which it says will accelerate the process. Mr Loughton denied to BBC Radio 4 that this was a box-ticking exercise. “This is absolutely not box-ticking. I’m not going to introduce targets, that can often have perverse consequences which previous governments found. What the adoption scorecards does is to give complete transparency of information."
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11/05/2012 on Daybreak, ITV
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