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Why the government should set up a National Adoption Authority

This is our response to government plans to reform adoption in the UK. David Cameron has acknowledged there are shortcomings in our care system, fundamentally that it is itself in a chaotic and neglected state that it is unable to make provision for the children it is supposed to care for. What  he will do about it and what he can do about it remains to be seen. He has today said there must be...
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The couple who adopted abroad

This interview with Francesca about her adoption experience appeared in The Times magazine on 19 March. Author and adoption campaigner Francesca Polini, 41, and her husband, Rick, adopted their children, Gaia, 2, and Luca, 3 months, from Mexico after being turned down by their local authority for being “too white”. “My husband and I have always had an unconventional relationship, but travelling...
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My chat with Tim Loughton

A week ago I spoke to Tim Loughton, the Minister for Children. Tim is very approachable and very grounded. Moreover he’s done a great deal of fact finding about adoption, going out to meet the people concerned rather than just relying on second hand facts. (Other MPs please take note). All of this made for a good conversation, during which Tim told me about his aim to make the UK adoption system...
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Adoption guidelines on race distract from system that is itself is suffering from neglect

Not much time passes these days without the Cameron government giving prominence to the importance of the family. The relative speed with which they have addressed the need to change the guidelines on interracial adoption is certainly to be welcomed. Black and mixed race children wait three times longer than white children to be adopted. For too long social workers in the UK have been...
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