Policy paper

Draft legislation on adoption

This publication was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

This document contains provisions for adoption reform and their explanatory notes.


The provisions in this document aim to reform the adoption system so that all children for whom adoption is in their best interests can be placed quickly with adoptive families.

These legislative changes were proposed in ‘An action plan for adoption: tackling delay’ in March 2012.