§ Ms Primarolo
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the length of time a child is fostered prior to adoption.
§ Mr. Bowis
No definitive timescale can be given about the length of time a child might spend in foster care prior 889W to adoption. A placement can be made only when all the important factors of the child's circumstances and needs have been carefully considered as well as the availability of prospective adopters to meet those needs.