When our son started to have significant problems at school, it came as a shock to our family that the state had no legal obligation to provide either psychological or educational support for him. If we had fostered and not adopted him, he would have been eligible to receive the support he needed. The impact upon chlldren of neglect and abuse is obviously not washed clean by the granting of an adoption order, but the beaurocracy chooses not to see it that way. Adoptive parents are left fighting a system for help, when their time and energies are already under great strain. Adoptive children are left to fail, which only goes to reinforce their view of themselves, that what has happened to them is their fault. At the same time that these huge demands are put upon adoptive parents, we are told that there is a desperate shortage of adopters. There could well be a connection. It is estimated that for each child adopted the state saves a million pounds. It does not seems unfair that a small part of this saving should go towards supporting some of our most vulnerable children.
An e-petition has been posted on the government website which seeks to rectify this situation. It hits the nail on the head. I urge everyone to take two minutes, follow the link and to sign the petition. It could make a real difference to thousands of children who have the right to a second chance.