Britons still refuse to adopt from inside the UK despite government and council efforts

Concerns over adoption statistics in the UK are still evident despite this month’s campaigns alongside National Adoption Week. It is said that many people in Britain falsely believe that adopting from outside the country will save time and be easier all round.

The British Association of Adoption and Fostering recently held National Adoption Week, in which Edinburgh was host to an event by Fraser Morton Solicitors. This was just one of many attempts to open the public’s views on the subject and educate away from the numerous myths. Rachael Shewan is an adoption expert at Fraser Morton and also helped run the event which worked in collaboration with BAAF as well as Adoption UK.

“There is misapprehension with adopting from abroad and I think people really need to see the realities in it. People look at celebrity couples such as Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie who appear to adopt from abroad at the drop of a hat but in actual fact, you have to go through the legal hoops in Britain and then go through the hoops abroad. It is perhaps easier to adopt a baby abroad than in Britain but the whole process is actually not so easy. As a legal team that deals with these kinds of issues, we were very keen to contribute something to National Adoption Week. It was open to anyone interested in or considering adopting or fostering and representatives from BAAF and Scottish Adoption offered information on other areas surrounding adoption such as the social involvement and more global issues.”

National Adoption Week also saw the launch of Prime Minister, David Cameron’s campaign Give A Child A Home. This campaign is be aimed at enticing more people to adopt and foster and will run alongside attempts to deal with failing local services and authorities. The campaign has come about after numbers showing how many children live in care across the country. Reaching nearly seventy thousand, it has increased by a shocking nine per cent over the last four years.

Less than three weeks later, public opinions are still suggesting people are failing to see impact of this problem throughout the UK with most public views remaining similar to this: “It is good that people want to adopt and if they adopt in places that children would experience a care system that is a lot more deprived than our own, how can that be bad?”

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