Taking our petition to 10 Downing Street

We have just issued the following press release:   ADOPTION REFORMS PETITION TO BE PRESENTED AT 10 DOWNING STREET Media invited to attend petition presentation: 13.00 on 31 October, 2011 A petition urging the government to form a National Adoption Authority and put the needs of children at the forefront of adoption reforms in the UK is to be presented at 10 Downing Street. More than 1,200...
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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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Our Adoption With Humanity e-petition launch

Today the Adoption With Humanity e-petition goes live on the government’s website.. Exciting times, but really sad times. I wish it hadn’t got to this. But it has. And it’s time to do something about it. This is why I am proud to say that our patron Oona King is fully behind us. This is what she said: “Like Francesca, I am an adoptive parent of two lovely children. And...
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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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