30/07/2015

Current Adoption Legislation Is 'Not Fit For Purpose' - McKinney

The current adoption legislation is "not fit for purpose", according to the SDLP.

Health Spokesperson and South Belfast MLA Fearghal McKinney has challenged the new Health Minister to move on adoption legislation.

Mr McKinney said: "The SDLP believes personal ministerial views should not be allowed to impact on legislation designed to benefit children.
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"Current legislation is antiquated and not fit for purpose with many children moving through different homes and residential care settings, sometimes up to 15 times, before being adopted. This has led to negative health and educational outcomes.

"We are now calling on the new Health Minister, who has already indicated that he may be prepared to move on this issue, to move swiftly to ensure the legislation can be enacted before the end of the current mandate."

(CD)

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