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Adoption reopens that old debate of race and religion, throwing in same sex adoption too in Harrow

I was contacted by LBC radio to comment on this story As ever the topic of interracial adoption is a complex one, one that makes the headlines in the New York Times on the same day – link here. I think the title of the NY Time summarises the whole thing correctly. Yes race (and indeed religion) do matter. They are part of a child’s identity, and it will stay way into adulthood. In an ideal...
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The reason why you should sign our petiton

Do you remember what it was like to never get picked for the team? It was horrible. It made you feel small. And useless. That’s nothing compared to how it feels to not be adopted. As I write adoption in the UK is in a sadly dysfunctional state. The system is broken and it means that there are thousands of children awaiting adoption- 4000 approximately at present. In the past year, there...
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Vanessa Feltz and ITN hear my plans for adoption reform

What a whirlwind day following the announcement of my Adoption With Humanity adoption reform plans. However, it is a day tinged with sadness following the death of one of the greatest men, Steve Jobs, a perfect example of how adoption can work beautifully. Please read about it here. Yet we are still agonising over whether adoption should or not be first choice for children languishing in care....
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Our Times story

It’s the second time within a month that our story has appeared in The Times, and I applaud their campaign for a radical review of our present adoption process in the UK. This is what The Times says about us today as part of their report about children in care facing “adoption apartheid”.: For Francesca Polini and her husband, Rick, the process was heartbreaking. They...
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The couple who adopted abroad

This interview with Francesca about her adoption experience appeared in The Times magazine on 19 March. Author and adoption campaigner Francesca Polini, 41, and her husband, Rick, adopted their children, Gaia, 2, and Luca, 3 months, from Mexico after being turned down by their local authority for being “too white”. “My husband and I have always had an unconventional relationship, but travelling...
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