She said that improving outcomes for children and other vulnerable children remains a key priority for the Welsh Government.
Gwenda Thomas said:
“I am personally committed to ensuring the safety and stability of looked-after children and acknowledge the important role National Adoption Week plays in raising the profile of adoption.”
“Early next year, I will consult on the provisions in the draft Social Services Bill, including the arrangements for a national adoption agency. We need better collaboration and joint commissioning of services, in particular for specialist services like adoption, resulting in the eradication of children drifting in care, the more efficient uses of resources for the provision of training and assessment, an improvement in the matching process and the widest choice of placements, through the increased use of Voluntary Adoption Agencies.
“This can be achieved by doing things differently and not 22 times.”
The event at the National Assembly’s Senedd building, which was sponsored by the Deputy Minister, was organised in partnership by Adoption UK, British Association for Adoption and Fostering, After Adoption, St. David’s Children’s Society and Barnardos.
The Deputy Minister added:
“I urge those who are considering whether adoption is for them to think about providing a loving home for a sibling group, a child with disabilities or an older child, many of whom will have known disproportionate sadness in their short lives.”