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THE QUEEN’S SPEECH AND NEGLECTED CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS

We love the Queen’s speech. We really do. A lady wearing a hat that costs more than most people’s houses remarked that it was a time of austerity. Mr Cameron gave us the now familiar Tory soundbite of, ‘This Queen’s Speech is all about backing people who work hard and want to get on in life.” We had been promised a whole new approach, one that would help improve,...
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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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A child should be valued, not priced

  When I read things like this I totally understand why some people find the idea of adoption a step too far. It is a fact that when you adopt you have to pay money – to your council, your government, various lawyers and that’s even before you factor in the kind of expenses you incur travelling to find your child and taking time off work in order to be able to do so. By its nature, adoption...
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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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Cameron and Loughton: time to adopt action

The government appears to be generating a lot of noise about adoption guidelines and its role in improving the process. Last week David Cameron did it again, setting of a media frenzy when he announced a new bill designed to increase the speed with which adoptions are carried out, as well as making it easier for inter-racial adoptions to take place. Given the amount of bandwidth and the...
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Myleene Klass and adoptions

Towards the end of last summer I was invited to meet Myleene Klass. She wanted me to discuss  my experiences as an adoptive mother as part of her Bumps Babies and Beyond series on Yahoo. I was a little hesitant, as I am these days, after considerable media exposure where I have found – as many do- that it’s not what you think it’s going to be. But I was both surprised and...
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