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Adoption and Children Act 2002

Measures to tackle delay

17.The Act includes measures intended to tackle delays in the adoption process. It makes provision to enable the Secretary of State to establish an Adoption and Children Act Register to suggest links between children waiting to be adopted and approved prospective adopters. The Register is intended to reduce delay in matching children with adoptive families. The Act also includes measures requiring courts to draw up timetables for resolving adoption cases without delay, and to give directions to ensure the timetable is adhered to.

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