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My meeting with Oona King

I have spent a whirlwind summer and actively been meeting interesting and influential people to support my campaign on much needed adoption reforms in the UK -  and have even appeared on television. It’s been a very productive summer, and I shall now begin updating  you with some of my exciting news. A few weeks ago I met one of the most inspirational mothers ever. Baroness King of Bow,...
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My Mexican Takeaway party!

Saturday my book, Mexican Takeaway came to life. It has been in physical existence for a few months now with lots of high profile media coverage. However it needed a proper blessing, from all the people – family, friends, colleagues past and present – who have supported not just the book but the cause of Adoption With Humanity. I had been stressed about it. I had cried and lost sleep over it,...
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Adoption should be a priority

I was delighted to learn of a recommendation that social workers most provide Ofsted inspectors with evidence that they have always considered adoption for each child in care, and not just as “an option of last resort”. This was reported in The Times yesterday by Social Affairs Correspondent Rosemary Bennett who used my experiences as a case study saying: “Ofsted’s new...
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Adoption and Home Study

The next instalment from Mexican Takeaway Chapter 2, Does Your Cat Speak Spanish? “Do I look OK?” Rick said as he came into the bedroom, wearing his cream suit and his best tie. “Uh oh. Cream?” “I don’t want to wear a dark one. It doesn’t seem friendly enough; too businesslike. They might think I don’t have time for children if I wear that.” I’d never seen Rick this anxious. He was normally so...
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Mexican Takeaway – Too White To Adopt

Mexican Takeaway This book is based on true events. However, the names of all persons connected to our adoption are fictitious. Any resemblance to real people, living or dead, is entirely coincidental. The opening instalment from the first chapter, Too White To Adopt. June 5, 2008 The queue in the customs hall at Heathrow was long, full of weary and bad-tempered travellers, but I didn’t care. I...
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Mexican Takeaway – the Prologue

This is the Prologue from Mexican Takeaway I did not legally become a mother until the paperwork was signed and Gaia was ours. But I had become a mother in my heart the instant I made room for her there, long before we had even met. I’d heard other women speak of that magical moment when their newborn baby was laid on their breast to nurse for the first time. They talked of a sense of...
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