Tag: family

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…

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…

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…