You think you’ve heard all the nonsenses possible in our howlingly statist adoption system and then they tell you this:
Adopting parents are for the first time to be given a pivotal role in finding and choosing the children they will care for under a series of reforms.
David Cameron has told The Times that he wants to throw open the process of “matching” children with families, so that parents have a greater say over their future family.
Under the present system, parents who have been approved for adoption wait for social workers to find them a child or children. They have no say over which children should be considered, and can often wait for many months, or even years, while various options are taken up and rejected.
Under the new proposals, parents will be granted access for the first time to the national register of all children awaiting adoption and empowered to request that a particular match is pursued on their behalf.
In addition, parties or activity days that bring together parents and children waiting to be adopted will be introduced nationwide, enabling parents to make the first move and express an interest in a particular child.
I mean I’m fair enough with the idea that you don’t get to tour the children’s home and pick one out on a whim like a puppy for Christmas. But the idea that you actually had no control at all over who you might be offered?
Seriously? They were running a matching market without actually allowing either set of participants to be involved in the sorting of the matching?
Only the state bureaucrats had any influence at all on who might even conceivably go where?
The question isn’t whether we should change such a system, of course we should. It’s why haven’t we hanged the people who designed the old one.