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Edward Timpson Adoption Thank You letter

Download the adoption Letter from Edward Timpson.

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At the start of National Adoption Week, Edward Timpson MP has written to all adopters about the government’s adoption reform programme. The letter can be found at: The letter thanks adopters who have adopted a child from care. It goes on to inform adopters of the Governments commitment to improving the adoption system. It […]

£20 million government funding to help Adopted Child Education

£20 million to help adopted children to thrive at school.

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Based on self-declared adoption data from parents in 2013, less than half of these adopted children reached the expected levels of reading, writing and maths at key stage 2, compared with 75% of non-adopted children. So in order to combat this situation the Government have provided £20 million in funding to help around 10,000 adopted children […]

Adopting a 2 year old child

Government funded education for 2 year old adopted children.

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From September 2014, two-year-old children adopted from local authority care or who left care under a Special Guardianship (SG) Order or Child Arrangements (CA) Order (formally known as a Residence Order*), will be entitled to 570 hours a year of Government funded early education over no fewer than 38 weeks of the year (which equates […]

Fathers day is the best

The perfect gift is Father’s Day.

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Becoming a new dad is the best feeling in the world. Nothing quite prepares you for it, but the rewards are incredibly worth it. Getting to become a dad in the first place though, is not always easy for some. Many men feel that it’s a given that at some point in your life, that […]

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Single man becomes a ‘Forever’ dad.

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Although it is 3½ years ago, I remember the day my new ‘forever’ son (I’ll call him Alex although it’s not his real name) called me Dad for the first time, as if it were yesterday.  It was only the second time we had met as part of the introductions and we were playing with […]

what is adoption

What is adoption?

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There are over 5,000 children at any one time in the UK waiting to be adopted. Adoption is a way of providing the security, permanency and love of a new family when it is not possible for a child to be raised by his/her birth parents or within the birth family. Adoption is a legal […]