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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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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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Mexican Takeaway – the Prologue

This is the Prologue from Mexican Takeaway I did not legally become a mother until the paperwork was signed and Gaia was ours. But I had become a mother in my heart the instant I made room for her there, long before we had even met. I’d heard other women speak of that magical moment when their newborn baby was laid on their breast to nurse for the first time. They talked of a sense of...
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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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