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'There is an urgent need for Children’s Services to develop support services for adopted teenagers and their parents and for mental health services for young people to be improved. Although disruptions were rare, the impact of a disruption was enormous. The recently launched National Adoption Service (NAS), aims to transform the way in which adoption services are provided in Wales. Much has been made of the way in which the NAS intends to better serve prospective adopters, speed up the adoption process and leave fewer children drifting in care. However, similar levels of interest and investment are needed post placement. There is an urgent need for investment in support services.The report, entitled ‘Beyond the Adoption Order (Wales): discord and disruption', was carried out by the Hadley Centre for Adoption and Foster Care Studies, based in the School for Policy Studies at the University of Bristol and funded by the Welsh Government.
Our research has shown that adolescence is the period where families struggle and are most at risk of disruption. Yet services are sadly lacking. Struggling adoptive families deserve timely, informed and compassionate support. The new NAS needs to: recognise the complex histories of the children who are placed for adoption, enable adoptive parents to be active participants in the process supported by skilled social workers, provide services that recognise the long‑term impacts of abuse and neglect, and build an adoption service that is fit for the 21st Century.'