Adoption and black and minority ethnic children response to House of Lords Select Committee

Corporate author: Race Equality Foundation

Publication date: November 2012

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Race Equality Foundation is a registered charity that explores what is known about discrimination and disadvantage and uses the evidence to overcome barriers and promote race equality in social care, health and housing. Staff and Trustees of the Foundation have, between them, many years of experience in the field of adoption particularly as it relates to black and minority ethnic staff. Following the Government’s Adoption Action Plan; we held a seminar on adoption and black and minority ethnic children.
Whilst we feel the questions in the call for evidence are very pertinent; given the focus of attention on adoption and black and minority ethnic children in the Government’s Adoption Action Plan and the subsequent attention in the media we are of the view that it is more pertinent to present, a ‘stand-alone’ piece of evidence relating to black and minority ethnic children and young people.
In the following submission we (a) identify the issue (b) respond to the issue with research evidence and (c) provide our conclusion, including our view on what should happen.

As an organisation, Race Equality Foundation has been worried about the existing adoption process for a while and thinks there is value in streamlining the process.  However, we have some concerns about many of the proposals which have been put forward by Government, particularly in relation to black and minority ethnic (BME) children and young people and feel those need special attention. 

Race Equality Foundation is a registered charity that explores what is known about discrimination and disadvantage and uses the evidence to overcome barriers and promote race equality in social care, health and housing.  Staff and Trustees of the Foundation have, between them, many years of experience in the field of adoption particularly as it relates to black and minority ethnic staff.  Following the Government’s Adoption Action Plan; we held a seminar on adoption and black and minority ethnic children.

Whilst we feel the questions in the call for evidence are very pertinent; given the focus of attention on adoption and black and minority ethnic children in the Government’s Adoption Action Plan and the subsequent attention in the media we are of the view that it is more pertinent to present, a ‘stand-alone’ piece of evidence relating to black and minority ethnic children and young people.

In the following submission we (a) identify the issue (b) respond to the issue with research evidence and (c) provide our conclusion, including our view on what should happen.