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National Adoption Week

This may have been the quietest National Adoption Week we have ever known – with special thanks to Radio 4 You and Yours programme for inviting me to join a panel discussion about adoption issues and our new campaign group, Adopt a Better Way. But it has been far from quiet for myself and my team of dedicated supporters and volunteers who worked tirelessly – many of them for free – to launch ABW...
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Cameron and Loughton: time to adopt action

The government appears to be generating a lot of noise about adoption guidelines and its role in improving the process. Last week David Cameron did it again, setting of a media frenzy when he announced a new bill designed to increase the speed with which adoptions are carried out, as well as making it easier for inter-racial adoptions to take place. Given the amount of bandwidth and the...
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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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I stand proud of our petition’s support

As we reach nearly 1,000 signatures on our Adoption with Humanity petition after only one week of it being live, and we not even having started the poster campaign, I stand proud. It is, in fact, both great news to have such support and sad at the same time that it has come to this. It is also sad that I believe we are unfortunately not getting the support we were hoping for from the government....
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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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Adoption at its lowest for 10 years

This morning I woke up to a lovely email from someone I don’t know. The title “Thank you”, and following from that: “I just finished reading your fabulous book Mexican Takeaway. It’s given my husband and me so much more to hope for. We started the process of adopting three years ago. However, we found the system here in the UK everything you have described, so had...
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