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Adoption reopens that old debate of race and religion, throwing in same sex adoption too in Harrow

I was contacted by LBC radio to comment on this story As ever the topic of interracial adoption is a complex one, one that makes the headlines in the New York Times on the same day – link here. I think the title of the NY Time summarises the whole thing correctly. Yes race (and indeed religion) do matter. They are part of a child’s identity, and it will stay way into adulthood. In an ideal...
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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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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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Adoption and Home Study

The next instalment from Mexican Takeaway Chapter 2, Does Your Cat Speak Spanish? “Do I look OK?” Rick said as he came into the bedroom, wearing his cream suit and his best tie. “Uh oh. Cream?” “I don’t want to wear a dark one. It doesn’t seem friendly enough; too businesslike. They might think I don’t have time for children if I wear that.” I’d never seen Rick this anxious. He was normally so...
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Our Times story

It’s the second time within a month that our story has appeared in The Times, and I applaud their campaign for a radical review of our present adoption process in the UK. This is what The Times says about us today as part of their report about children in care facing “adoption apartheid”.: For Francesca Polini and her husband, Rick, the process was heartbreaking. They...
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The baby business – has it gone too far?

The case of the couple who paid a surrogate to have their fourth baby is disturbing in so many ways. As I understand the reports, the surrogate decided to keep the baby well before it was born. To further complicate matters, she has allegedly demanded money from the couple for ‘maintenance’, and it appears they have been ordered by the Child Support Agency to pay it. This is so complicated it is...
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