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Adoption UK’s Adoption Barometer

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How can we improve the experience of adoptive families today?

Of all the descriptors of adoption today, we believe the Adoption Barometer published by Adoption UK is the most meaningful because a large number of adoptive parents describe their lived experience of adoption. The fact that ‘56% of established families faced significant or extreme challenges’ is a compelling finding. It tells two stories: presumably 44% of adoptive families are enjoying their adoption experience and finding it relatively unproblematic which is good news. However, for the 56% who aren’t, there still remains a significant need for more comprehensive, therapeutic, trauma-informed services to help families in difficulty.

The other most significant finding is that ‘54% of newly-placed adoptive families experienced stress, anxiety or symptoms of post adoption depression during the early weeks’. In our view, this common experience for many adopters should be addressed by more sympathetic and informed support offered during difficult times, particularly post placement.  Sadly, this is not always available.

We very much hope that the Department of Education listens to the collective voice of parents and is not just predicating policy on academic research which is often inconclusive. Well done Adoption UK.

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