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Adoption Passport and Mr Timpson’s timid approach to a tragic situation

In recent days the UK Government launched yet another new adoption initiative. Intriguingly called an adoption passport, it’s a new guide for would-be adopters that will supposedly set out the support available for those who wish to adopt. Why are we not excited? Well, because it just sounds like another attempt to tip-toe around real change. While we at ABW agree on the need to encourage...
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Children don’t need talk. They need loving families. And they needed Tim Loughton.

Since 2010 we’ve campaigned for changes to the adoption system.  This is a long game – and a slow one – but we’re very proud that our work has meant adoption is at the top of the government’s agenda, where it should. Our media exposure and sustained pressure on the government  meant there was a six percent rise in the number of adoptions last year.  From our small beginnings, we’ve made serious...
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My disappointment with Best

I woke up this morning expecting to see an interview I’d done with ‘Best’ magazine. I was really looking forward to it as it meant that the issues around adoption would be given visibility again. And then I saw the headline and my heart sank. “Yes we bought our dream family but don’t judge us.” This wasn’t me. It wasn’t our story: central to our decision to adopt was the view that we we not buy...
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Why we adopted in Mexico

People often ask me how we came to adopt in Mexico. I suppose the journey which led us there began many years ago in the two room flat where I grew up in Italy.  Aside from good brains and strong socialist leanings, my parents didn’t have much. They believed it was our responsibility to share whatever we had with others. And so it was that my brother and I found ourselves with an adopted...
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