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New challenges or different opportunities? Voluntary adoption agencies and the shifting terrain of childcare services

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This paper examines some of the developments and trends that affected the fluctuating relationship between state and voluntary provision of adoption services in England during New Labour' sterms of office. Using examples drawn from the work of one voluntary adoption agency (VAA), the paper explores the tensions within this relationship and the increase in state regulation of childcare services. It pays particular attention to the impact of equalities legislation on faith-based adoption agencies and to role of the inter-agency fee. The paper concludes by considering recent interventions in this area by the Conservative-led coalition government and their implications for VAAs.
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Keywords: EQUALITIES LEGISLATION; INTER-AGENCY FEE; NEW LABOUR; VOLUNTARY ADOPTION AGENCIES

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July, 2011

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    Editors: Nick Acheson (Trinity College, University of Dublin, Ireland), Bernard Harris (University of Strathclyde, UK), Rob Macmillan, (University of Birmingham, UK)

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