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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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Thank you!

Summer arrived and life kind of got in the way. It was a particular testing few months for all sorts of reasons, but we seem to have managed it. At the end of it was the delight of seeing my brother get married, Gaia start her first day at ‘big’school while Luca headed off to nursery. So new beginnings all around! Meanwhile work on the campaign hasn’t stopped, rather the...
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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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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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How does it feel to be an adoptive parent?

Gaia, my adopted daughter turned three last week. Just a few days later I celebrated Mother’s Day with both of my adopted children for the first time. Invariably people close, and not so close, will ask me how it feels on occasions like this. What they’re angling at, of course, is whether I think about my children’s ‘real’ mothers. This is what I know. I know that...
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