The alternative is council care, with the prospects that that offers - lives at an exacerbated risk of unemployment, drug dependency, homelessness, crime, and imprisonment. I suspect that if it was measured against that alternative, the real success rate of adoption would be seen to be nearer to 98 or 99 per cent.
What is more, the chances of success of an adoption are much higher when the child is adopted very young, as a baby. The drawn-out and bureaucratic nature of today's adoption process renders that almost impossible, making subsequent adaptation by parents and child all the harder.
DAVID DAVIS MP
(Haltemprice and Howden, C)
House of Commons