The unintentional conspiracy against adoptive parents

If you were wearing your cynical hat, you might think it was intentional. I’m talking about the way in which potential adoptive parents are left to fend for themselves once an adoption is imminent. This is in stark contrast to the unparalleled scrutiny their lives receive the moment they apply to be parents. The fact that this is likely a result of ignorance and fractured processes rather than...
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Time for Cameron and Loughton to pay more than lip service to adoption

Yesterday I had an uplifting and inspirational chat with the one and only Bruce Oldfield, who has graciously been supporting my work on adoption. While we talked about the need for change, David Cameron was giving his Queen’s speech. Like many others I didn’t expect very much at all and I think we got even less. The London Independent newspaper put it perfectly: “Lots of style...
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Adoption with Humanity repeats calls for National Adoption Authority

Government needs to make urgent structural changes to adoption process says campaign group The government has today announced some changes to the prospective adopter assessment process. Adoption With Humanity applauds this as a long overdue procedure they have been requesting for quite some time, and we are sure that this will have a positive impact on the problems in the adoption system....
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My disappointment with Best

I woke up this morning expecting to see an interview I’d done with ‘Best’ magazine. I was really looking forward to it as it meant that the issues around adoption would be given visibility again. And then I saw the headline and my heart sank. “Yes we bought our dream family but don’t judge us.” This wasn’t me. It wasn’t our story: central to our decision to adopt was the view that we we not buy...
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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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