Politicians, adoptive parents and a range of professionals gathered in Westminster on Tuesday 2 July for the official launch of the Adoption Barometer.

The report, produced by Adoption UK, is the first ever comprehensive study of modern-day adoption in the UK.

The launch event was packed with those discussing the report’s findings and many adoption-related issues.

It was hosted by Conor McGinn MP and attendees heard from speakers Sue Armstrong Brown, Adoption UK Chief Executive, Mike Watson, Shadow Education Minister in the House of Lords and adoptive parent Anya Sizer.

Lord Watson described the report as a “seminal publication” and said it was “incredibly revealing”.

During a powerful speech describing some of her difficult personal experiences as an adoptive parent, Anya said: “I’m incredibly grateful to Adoption UK for their work on this report. It’s so needed. I can’t remember the last time a report made me cry. It really moved me to tears.”

She described adoption as: “the most incredible thing we’ve ever done but without doubt the hardest thing we’ve ever done as a family.”

Adoption UK is calling for a radical new deal for adoptive families, which provides the support they need to help re-write their children’s futures. This includes detailed therapeutic assessments for every child before they arrive in their new family, with accompanying fully-costed support plans, to be maintained and updated into early adulthood.

Find out more about the Adoption Barometer here.