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For the traumatised child, love is simply not enough.

Time and again the simplistic utterings of the Cameron government invite my despair and bemusement at the same time. Cameron and co’s whole act is based on pronouncements about ‘fixing things’ that they have identified as broken. This has been their rationalel for many of their inhumane policies towards people on benefits and this same philosophy governs their rather naive...
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Adoption Passport and Mr Timpson’s timid approach to a tragic situation

In recent days the UK Government launched yet another new adoption initiative. Intriguingly called an adoption passport, it’s a new guide for would-be adopters that will supposedly set out the support available for those who wish to adopt. Why are we not excited? Well, because it just sounds like another attempt to tip-toe around real change. While we at ABW agree on the need to encourage...
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Even celebrities fail to adopt

A few weeks ago I was contacted by Olga Rudneva. She’s a film maker who’s been making a documentary feature about adoption. It’s an international movie inspired by the failed adoption of  Sir Elton John and his partner, David Furnish, in which a couple who are considering adoption go on a voyage of discovery visiting orphanages and learning about adoption. You probably know what’s coming next:...
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Time for Cameron and Loughton to pay more than lip service to adoption

Yesterday I had an uplifting and inspirational chat with the one and only Bruce Oldfield, who has graciously been supporting my work on adoption. While we talked about the need for change, David Cameron was giving his Queen’s speech. Like many others I didn’t expect very much at all and I think we got even less. The London Independent newspaper put it perfectly: “Lots of style...
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An Action Plan for Adoption: Tackling Delay

 An Action Plan for Adoption: Tackling Delay (Issued by Department of Education – March 2012) Adoption with Humanity welcomes the new action plan. However, we continue to believe that sadly this will not make the changes necessary to improve the adoption system and assert the best interests of children. The reason remains the same – there still isn’t the appropriate regulatory...
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Adoption with Humanity repeats calls for National Adoption Authority

Government needs to make urgent structural changes to adoption process says campaign group The government has today announced some changes to the prospective adopter assessment process. Adoption With Humanity applauds this as a long overdue procedure they have been requesting for quite some time, and we are sure that this will have a positive impact on the problems in the adoption system....
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