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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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Tories don’t want to know about Oxford. Funny that

This week, a group of men were convicted for grooming girls in Oxfordshire. The crimes they committed are disgusting enough. What concerns us is that one of the girls – who has very eloquently given her story to the media repeatedly asked her local social services for help as well as the police. Her mother also ‘begged’ for help. The child who was adopted, said that nobody listened, they...
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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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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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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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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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