I was delighted to learn of a recommendation that social workers most provide Ofsted inspectors with evidence that they have always considered adoption for each child in care, and not just as “an option of last resort”.
This was reported in The Times yesterday by Social Affairs Correspondent Rosemary Bennett who used my experiences as a case study saying:
“Ofsted’s new inspection regime may in future allow couples like Francesca and Rick Polini to adopt children from care.
“Turned down by Ealing council, West London, where they live, because so few white children in care were seeking adoptive families and they were considered unsuitable to adopt an ethnic minority child, they went on to adopt two children from Mexico. Mrs Polini, 41, wrote Mexican Takeaway about their experiences.
“‘The Government has made a start … it remains to be seen if local authorities will follow it,’” she said.
Thank you again to The Times for being so proactive in promoting the desperate need for a fairer adoption system in the UK which I totally support, and thank you for giving my book a great plug!