Current Affairs
Children under foster care may be adopted after three years

Following the introduction a few days ago of legislation for the protection of minors, the Minister for the Family, Michael Falzon, announced that foster families in extraordinary cases may adopt children in their care after a period of three years.

During a media conference Dr Falzon explained that because of the sensitivity of this legislation, the legislation proposed had been left open to the last moment and this meant a change for families fostering children and now such families may now adopt after five years instead of ten. In some extraordinary cases, after three positive revision reports have been made, foster parents may apply for adoption after three years instead of five.

The Minister said it is planned under the new legislation that a therapeutic centre will opened for children of difficult behaviour instead of their being sent to prison.

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