To address this problem, the government announced a £30 million package in Wednesday’s Budget to cover the cost of the interagency fee.
The move is welcome: getting rid of this fee will allow local authorities to widen their search for families without worrying about the financial cost.
But, of the 3,000 children waiting to be placed, many are older (although often only by a year or two) disabled, or have serious health conditions, or need to be placed together with their siblings.
Many are also black or from minority ethnic communities.
The reality is that many adopters are searching for a healthy, single child under the age of two.
O’Donnell was incensed.‘It was pretty late at night,’ Chelsea said. She [O’Donnell] had spyware on my phone so she could see pretty much everything I did.‘She called me into her room and asked me about the tattoo.
I denied it.‘She asked me to take off my clothes - she didn’t know where it was - to show her and I refused.‘She picked up a wine bottle and started chasing me, trying to take off my clothes.
Chelsea, who was adopted by O’Donnell when she was a baby, says problems with her mother began shortly before her 18th birthday in August 2015.
Three months earlier, she had the word ‘Breathe’ tattooed on her side.