Adoption: the gold standard? The focus on adoption as the best outcome for children who cannot live and grow up with their birth families due to serious child protection concerns has been the subject of much case law, starting in recent years with Re B (A Child) [2013] UKSC 33 and Re B-S (Children) [2013] EWCA Civ 1146, and being reviewed in light of the introduction of the 26 weeks' time limit in Children Act (CA) 1989 s32, which has led to speedy proceedings and decisions having to be made quickly, with potentially wide-ranging, severe and irreversible consequences. While the ...