My brother is about 7 and he is up for adoption. He doesn’t even know that I have a daughter and that he is an uncle. We can send letters, but letters aren’t enough.
(Jennifer, in care late 1990s and 2000s)
The issue of adoption is a crucial element of child welfare practice and policy. Adoption can act as a placement that avoids the care system and also as a route out of care that can offer stability and permanence for children and young people:
… permanence through adoption gives a child a replacement family. The intention is to replicate in law ‘normal’ (birth) family life and relationships (Luckock and Hart, 2005, p. 127).