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David Cameron urged to support adoption reforms

I would like to thank the London Evening Standard for highlighting my proposals for adoption reforms when I urged David Cameron to take action: “David Cameron needs to lead on this issue and our focus should be to put children first. That means doing away with a system that keeps children in neglect until it is often too late and focuses plainly and squarely on their needs. That...
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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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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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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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“Too many children out there reaching out to us …”

Continuing chapter 1, Too White To Adopt Pretty soon everything we did seemed to lead to the question of  having a family and how we should do it. Watching documentaries about disaster or famine, seeing the faces of children who were starving or homeless or orphaned by war, was a cue for me to put forward my views. “There are just so many children out there reaching out to us. You are right,” he...
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Mexican Takeaway – Too White To Adopt

Mexican Takeaway This book is based on true events. However, the names of all persons connected to our adoption are fictitious. Any resemblance to real people, living or dead, is entirely coincidental. The opening instalment from the first chapter, Too White To Adopt. June 5, 2008 The queue in the customs hall at Heathrow was long, full of weary and bad-tempered travellers, but I didn’t care. I...
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