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Judges 'don't know enough about adoption'.

FAMILY court judges in Wales and England "just don't know enough" about how adoption "works out" for some children, a senior judge who specialises in family litigation has said.

Lord Justice McFarlane said he questions if adoption is the right "model" for some children in "difficult and complicated" cases.

The judge, who was based in the Family Division of the High Court and now oversees cases in the Court of Appeal, raised concerns in a BBC interview.

"Judges are being asked to make these appallingly difficult decisions - appallingly because the stakes are so high," he told Radio 4's File On 4 programme.

"But there is very little feedback given to the judge in terms of the short-term success and very little research as to whether it works."

The judge said: "We just don't know enough about how it now works out for these young people to be able to say with confidence whether it remains the right thing for as many cases as we see."

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Oct 3, 2017
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