Children don’t need talk. They need loving families. And they needed Tim Loughton.

Since 2010 we’ve campaigned for changes to the adoption system.  This is a long game – and a slow one – but we’re very proud that our work has meant adoption is at the top of the government’s agenda, where it should. Our media exposure and sustained pressure on the government  meant there was a six percent rise in the number of adoptions last year.  From our small beginnings, we’ve made serious...
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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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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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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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Martin Narey, the adoption czar

It’s been a week of significant moments, and not just for me. I am delighted to see that Martin Narey, a man who has displayed an unswerving commitment to highlighting children’s issues and campaigning, has been appointed as  the government’s adoption czar. There has been much talk about children in care this year and while I have felt positive, I have never been completely convinced. The news...
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