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Support for new adoption laws, but concern over Manx review

DHSC receives 100 responses to consultation on proposals

Feedback from the public shows support for plans to update the Island's adoption laws, but concern over a Manx panel reviewing decisions made in the UK.

A recent public consultation on proposals to introduce new legislation received 100 responses, with 94% in favour of basing Manx law on the existing England and Wales Act.

Most areas received strong support, but responses were mixed over plans for a Manx panel to look at decisions made by a UK board on placing a child from across with a family on the Island.

Just 56% said they were in favour of the move, while 43% opposed the idea.

In response, the Department of Health and Social Care says the review isn't designed to delay an adoption, but to minimise the trauma to the child, as four placements involving UK children coming to the Isle of Man have broken down since 2017.

The draft bill will now be amended and will go before the branches of Tynwald in the early part of 2021.

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