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David Cameron urged to support adoption reforms

I would like to thank the London Evening Standard for highlighting my proposals for adoption reforms when I urged David Cameron to take action: “David Cameron needs to lead on this issue and our focus should be to put children first. That means doing away with a system that keeps children in neglect until it is often too late and focuses plainly and squarely on their needs. That...
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My story in today’s Daily Mail

Following yesterday’s shocking headlines which reported that only 60 babies were adopted in England last year, I was asked by the Daily Mail to describe my experiences of adopting two babies in Mexico because of our failing system. This is what I wrote: We had to go to Mexico to escape UK’s twisted system: How one couple who wanted to adopt got round council bureaucracy Twice, my husband...
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My meeting with Martin Narey and why we need a National Adoption Authority

A few days ago I had the pleasure of meeting with former Barnardos CEO Martin Narey. Following his retirement Martin has dedicated his time almost entirely to thinking of  how to improve the adoption system. In July he was appointed Adoption tzar by Children Minister Tim Loughton and unveiled a rather forward thinking 19 steps approach to solving the issue with adoption. When we met, I also...
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Adoption at its lowest for 10 years

This morning I woke up to a lovely email from someone I don’t know. The title “Thank you”, and following from that: “I just finished reading your fabulous book Mexican Takeaway. It’s given my husband and me so much more to hope for. We started the process of adopting three years ago. However, we found the system here in the UK everything you have described, so had...
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My meeting with Oona King

I have spent a whirlwind summer and actively been meeting interesting and influential people to support my campaign on much needed adoption reforms in the UK -  and have even appeared on television. It’s been a very productive summer, and I shall now begin updating  you with some of my exciting news. A few weeks ago I met one of the most inspirational mothers ever. Baroness King of Bow,...
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Adoption should be a priority

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...
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