As a family lawyer, I have been following with interest, the campaign to speed up and increase adoptions.
This campaign was quite publicly supported by David Cameron.
Whilst, no doubt, there is a great need to improve the plight of our children and families going through the care system and ultimately, in many cases the adoption process, it is blatantly obvious that money, rather than rhetoric, is needed to improve the system.
We are in danger of entering into a blame culture – blaming social workers, local authorities, the judicial system, families or parents. How easy it is to “pass the buck”.
Mr Cameron was responsible for introducing targets to local authorities and interestingly, the adoption rate grew, only to be dashed when the cost of applying to the courts for an order when children were removed soared through the roof. One does not need to be an expert to understand why the applications dropped.
The national campaign has been backed by many high profile celebrities who had been adopted themselves, and for whom it has proven to be a positive experience.
However, we must remember that removing a child from its birth parents is an extremely serious step: there are cases where children should be removed more quickly, there are other cases where supporting the birth family may have given a child an opportunity to grow up with its natural parents.
There is no doubt that this is an emotive subject.
However, either way, what is needed from this and successive governments is funding. Funding for families, local authorities and the judicial system.
No amount of reviews, reports, appointment of ministers - whilst welcome in highlighting the problem in this country - will succeed without a huge injection of funds to enable the development of an integrated system where children are really a priority.
It is difficult to reconcile the recommendations of David Norgrove, a former Treasury economist, of a complete overhaul to the family justice system with the proposals for the Ministry of Justice to find cuts of more than £350 million in the next three years.
Children are our future. This is a future for which we must all take responsibility.
* Mary Kaye is the newly-appointed president of Birmingham Law Society