Adoption Disruption UK Support Group

Adoption Disruption UK Mission Statement.

This is a website designed to support and help natural and adoptive parents whose child has had to go back into care or is in the process of experiencing this traumatic event because of complex psychological and/or medical reasons.   Having been through this experience myself ( you can read My Story) I understand how isolating and traumatic losing a child in this way. I realised that there was no online support group in the UK or anywhere specific offering advice, counselling or consolation. Had I been able to reach out and talk to another Parent who had gone through something similar I know I would have felt less alone.

In my case I had an adopted child and therefore went through an Adoption Disruption. Hence the idea to link Adoptive Parents together so they can chat/meet up and so forth but it is also for natural parents too who have been through a Care Order.

This is to be an informative site, dedicated to being a lifeline to parents in distress.

It is my belief the more open Local Authorities/Social Workers can be, the more supportive the government can be, the more informed  Parents will be and this will help create a culture of overall openness. The stigma and sense of isolation many Adoptive Parents feel is currently encouraged by a society and government that does little to support them Post Adoption Disruption.

I want more information to be available to Parents who have adopted and proactively support a change in the current Care Order form to protect ALL Parents as this form is used for both birth parents and parents who have adopted. I want more pressure put on the government to affect these changes.

Information is steadily being uploaded to the website so please bear with me while the website grows and develops. Adoption Disruption UK has just gone live January 2015.

All views on this website are subject to change and updates and do not represent any other views except my own and the people who represent their own views on here.

This website is a work in progress and is under constant evaluation.

 

Support Group for All Parents

Support Group for All Parents

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Please fill in questionnaire if you can help 

Posting on behalf of Jenny for her conference talk

Hello there,

I am emailing to ask for your help in gaining responses to a survey I am carrying out regarding adoption disruption/breakdown.

I have been asked to speak about this topic at an upcoming conference for Social Workers and feel I owe it to the thousands of adoptive families out there to do this topic the justice it deserves. As an adoptive parent myself I understand just how important this subject is and I hope to be able to share as much information as possible with those attending the conference.

This is the link to the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/T2QDP2Q

If you need any further information then please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Kind regards,

Jennifer Jones

Inspired Foundations

Tel; 01384 253111 / 07870 602296

E-mail; jenny@inspiredfoundations.co.uk

http://www.inspiredfoundations.co.uk

Support for adoption disruption 

PLease get in touch with me if you feel you can help run the website and with any ideas where we go from here.  Family futures has been set up with help by Sir Hugh Thornberry but still no designated specific help for people who have gone through or going through a disruption. 

Email adoptiondisruotionuk@outlook.com

COUNTY COUNCIL MISLEADS PUBLIC WITH ADOPTION BREAKDOWN FIGURES

COUNTY COUNCIL MISLEADS PUBLIC WITH ADOPTION BREAKDOWN FIGURES

The Council does not collate and publish adoption breakdown figures for children who have been adopted. The County Council only publishes statistics on adoption breakdowns for the period before a child has been adopted.

Michael Warby, on behalf of Hertfordshire County Council states:

Adoption disruption is only recorded for statistical purposes on arrangements that disrupt pre adoption order. The disruption of an adoption arrangement post order is not collated.’

The Council refers to adoption breakdowns as ‘adoption disruptions’.

The consequence of this is that the County’s adoption breakdown figures do not represent the true figure of what is happening with regard to adoption breakdowns.

This is not in the public interest. It conceals the true rate of adoption breakdowns. It deceives the prospective adopter into thinking that the prospects of a successful adoption are better than they are.  It fails to acknowledge those parents who have been through an adoption disruption.  It removes scrutiny from Social Workers who may share some responsibility for those breakdowns where the child has been adopted.

There can only be one reason for not publishing total breakdown figures and that is this allows the Council to present a better picture of adoption success rates than is actually happening. The Council does not provide the statistics of post adoption figures under Freedom of Information requests.

We pay Council Staff to represent our interests. We do not pay them to hide information and deceive us.  Staff who devise schemes to hide information are working neither in the public nor the Council’s interest.  We do not need council staff who devise schemes like this.  This is a face of bureaucracy which has no place in today’s world.

Hertfordshire County Council’s recent published ‘adoption disruption’ figures are cited as:

2013-2014 – 0

2014-2015 – 1

2015-2016 – Data not yet published

An innocent member of the public reading these figures would very reasonably think that Hertfordshire had no adoption breakdowns, at any level, in 2013 to 2014. This is NOT the case.

What we need is a mandatory recording of all adoption breakdowns.  This information is readily and easily available.

The fact that the Council does not want to publish this information can only mean one thing – social workers are afraid of scrutiny, and this leads to an organization with a limited capacity to learn.

Local authorities 

When will they stop demonising the parents during disruption to protect themselves and when will the government do something about it ? I am still receiving countless emails to this effect. You only have to read the public stories in this site to see this is the case.