2 million kids lost in the system. Meanwhile adults make useless laws

That’s just South Africa. Imagine that: 2 million kids without a hope unless there is a miracle intervention. Because that’s what it will take. And it’s a story that’s repeated worldwide. We have always wondered what is meant by children’s rights since those bodies and laws that purport to give them often do very little to advance the causes of kids. Take the Hague Convention for...
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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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The reason why you should sign our petiton

Do you remember what it was like to never get picked for the team? It was horrible. It made you feel small. And useless. That’s nothing compared to how it feels to not be adopted. As I write adoption in the UK is in a sadly dysfunctional state. The system is broken and it means that there are thousands of children awaiting adoption- 4000 approximately at present. In the past year, there...
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Media gets hot about adoption

In the past few days I have been interviewed a number of times regarding the unveiling of new data on the declining number of adoptions in the UK. This is an outrageous situation as we are talking about the lowest levels for a decade, despite both the increased number of children available for adoption and applications from potential adoptive parents. In many cases the parents-in-waiting have...
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Martin Narey, the adoption czar

It’s been a week of significant moments, and not just for me. I am delighted to see that Martin Narey, a man who has displayed an unswerving commitment to highlighting children’s issues and campaigning, has been appointed as  the government’s adoption czar. There has been much talk about children in care this year and while I have felt positive, I have never been completely convinced. The news...
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