New challenges or different opportunities? Voluntary adoption agencies and the shifting terrain of childcare services
Langan, Mary; de Jong, Anisa; Fink, Janet (2011)

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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