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Baby Adoption in England and Wales

Women with an unplanned pregnancy often don't have the opportunity to consider adoption for their babies because there can be a lack of easily accessible information to enable them to make an informed choice and often no support for them if they do decide to explore the possibility of baby adoption.
Professionals who are in the front line as the first point of contact such as GP's, midwives social workers, Local Authority Adoption Agencies, Children's Organisations, etc. often have little experience or knowledge about baby adoption.

The fall in baby adoption figures can also be attributed to the widespread use of contraception, legalised abortion, closure of mother and baby homes and many single mothers keeping their babies. This means access to information and attitudes about baby adoption are very fragmented and diverse throughout the country and some women who might want to consider adoption are not able to explore the possibility.

We would like a situation that no matter where a woman lives in the UK she can have access to unbiased, knowledgeable information that informs her of all her options. Should she choose adoption, she should be involved and supported in all aspects of the process, before placement, at the time of placement and afterwards, and where possible her requests for the sort of family she would like her baby to go to are respected.

Current plans for the future

Up until the Adoption Act 2002 most of our attention was on support for families who had adopted older children, but as the Act required that all local authorities should provide post–adoption support we turned our minds again to improving the baby adoption service for mothers who might wish to place their babies for adoption, which we feel was not sufficiently addressed by the Act because it was predominantly concerned with adoption of children from the care system.
We have recently formed links with other interested organisations who are concerned about baby adoption, including Care Confidential and LIFE who have pregnancy care and advice centres throughout the country and who have run pilot projects with ASIST in Southampton and Exeter. Any callers to our Helpline wishing to explore the possibility of adoption can be referred to Care Confidential or LIFE if they wish. Their skilled helpers can act as mentors throughout the adoption process (or for as long as they are needed).

Long term plans for the future

ASIST is aware that baby adoption is a minority need but we are concerned that it is a need not being met by the current structure and practice. We would like to see a whole scale review of baby adoption to see how this can be delivered in the best possible way for a birth mother, her baby and the adoptive parents.
We would like to see a holistic approach that provides a complete service from before birth and afterwards with ongoing counselling and where best practice was the norm.

To develop our talks to schools and colleges, Health Care Professionals and other groups in order to increase understanding and giving accurate information about adoption as well as dispelling myths and misunderstandings about it.

To have adoption included in the National Curriculum (Key stage 4 — Personal & Social Health Education syllabus.)


Other useful contacts:

  • British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF)

    Tel: 020 7421 2600

  • Care Confidential

    Tel: 0800 028 2228

  • LIFE

    Tel: 0800 915 4600

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Free Sample Privacy Policy v.2.0 written by James King at Jamie King Media © February 2012 – Edited & customised by: Marlow Web Design.