One baby adored. Too many ignored.

Today the royal baby is apparently stirring. He or she has already been showered with speculation and interest.  Not just the name but the identity of the  godparents, role of William’s mother in law, clothing, schooling, parenting, nannying and much more is effectively stifling most other news this Monday morning. In Worcester a few days ago a doorbell rang. The occupants of the house opened it...
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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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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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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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Thanks to Best for the correction

I would like to say a big thank you to Jackie Hatton, editor of Best magazine, for listening to my concerns about the headline used on the story about how my husband and I adopted two babies in Mexico.  This week her magazine printed an apology. “We bought our dream family,” was not exactly what I expected to see at the top of the page. A big part of my belief about adoption is that children...
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Being in the media spotlight

If you looked at the Times of London yesterday, you’ll have seen they’ve put their weight behind a campaign to increase the pace and success of adoptions in the UK. It’s an exciting piece of news because it means that my own views, along with those of many others,are being shared by a large body of people. They came to interview and photograph us – myself and the children...
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