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The experiences of fostering and adoption processes

The views of children and young people: literature review and gap analysis

The Local Government Association (LGA) commissioned the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) to review the existing literature. The study sought to capture the views and experiences of children and young people around the processes of fostering and adoption. The scope of the review covered literature published between 2000 and 2011.The literature review aimed to identify the existing evidence in relation to children and young people’s views of the processes, and to identify any gaps. At the time of publication, the Government has released the Adoption Action Plan (DfE, 2012) with measures designed to reduce delays in the adoption process. The views and experiences of children already in the care system will be vital in helping to ensure that changes to current systems meet their individual needs and improve their life chances.