Scotland set to follow Westminster move on intercountry adoptions

Jack McConnell, education minister, is expected to announce in
the Scottish parliament on Wednesday that Scotland will implement
the legislation currently being addressed by Westminster on
internet adoptions.

It is expected that the executive will announce an overall
review of adoption within their devolved powers, but follow the
Westminster model on internet adoptions. The government in England
is enacting the Adoption (Intercountry Aspects) Act 1999, which
will tighten the laws on international adoptions. It was prompted
by the controversial case involving the Kilshaws couple from north
Wales who adopted twin baby girls from the United States. The
adoption is currently being examined in the high court following a
move by Flintshire social services to take the babies into foster



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