I’m delighted to be working with the inspirational Francesca Polini for the third year running to promote her national campaign for fairer adoptions during National Adoption Week, 5 – 11 November.

She has rebranded her former campaign group, Adoption with Humanity, which it is now known as Adopt a Better Way to avoid confusing those who thought it was an adoption service.

Francesca and her fellow founders, who all adopted from overseas due to bureaucracy in the UK, seeks to inspire and support an adoption system that prioritises the needs of children.

These harrowing figures explain the reasons why:

Approximately half of one per cent (0.5%) of all children in the UK under sixteen is looked after by local authorities.

Compared with the general population, children in care are:

  • 10 times more likely to be excluded from school
  • 10 times more likely to attend a special school
  • 4 times less likely to go on to further education
  • 12 times more likely to leave school with no qualifications
  • 4 times more likely to be unemployed between the ages of 16 and 24
  • 4 times more likely to be pregnant as adolescents
  • 60 times more likely to join the ranks of the young homeless
  • 50 times more likely to be sent to prison
  • 88 times more likely to suffer from mental health problems

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