Monthly Archives: February 2017

Charity launches drive to recruit Muslim adopters

Charity launches drive to recruit Muslim adopters

Department for Education-funded initiative will focus on the Midlands A humanitarian charity is to launch the UK’s first dedicated programme to tackle the shortage of Muslim applicants to adopt children. The Penny Appeal, based in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, has won £200,000 funding from the Department for Education to support the 12-month project. Some 2,000 of the 70,000 children in care…

Is contact between adopted children and birth relatives handled well?

Is contact between adopted children and birth relatives handled well?

A major new resource, based on extensive research and contributions from social workers and families across the UK, could change the way contact between adopted children and their birth relatives is handled. The Contact after Adoption website, a partnership between the University of East Anglia (UEA) and Research in Practice, follows comments by senior judge Lord Justice McFarlane, who questioned…

How poverty, care and adoption are related

How poverty, care and adoption are related

John Simmonds raises two issues in his letter (25 January). First, he questions the “data and its analysis” cited in the article (Rising adoptions penalise poor families but don’t cut numbers in care, says report, 19 January) without outlining his concerns. I have published a spreadsheet showing sources of data, assumptions made, and the calculations (bilson.org.uk/calculations/) so that he, or anyone…

Children, poverty and difficulties of adoption

Children, poverty and difficulties of adoption

There are very serious questions raised by your article (Rising adoptions penalise poor families but don’t cut numbers in care, says report, 19 January). The implications suggest a link between increasing levels of poverty and increasing numbers of children being adopted without the consent of their parents. By coincidence, the issues were discussed last week at our Research Advisory Group, which…

9 things I wish I’d known before I adopted a child

9 things I wish I’d known before I adopted a child

Rosalind Powell, with her husband, Harry, adopted 14-year-old Gabriel when he was two*. 1. Know your limits. Embarking on the adoption process is exciting, scary, intense and emotional. Most of the children up for adoption have been taken away from their birth parents and come through the care system, having possibly experienced abuse or neglect. You will hear stories that…