Adoption UK seeks support of MPs to improve outcomes for adoptive families
Published: 23.06.17Adoption UK’s new chief executive Dr Sue Armstrong Brown has written to every Member of Parliament to seek their support in improving outcomes for adoptive families.
Dr Armstrong Brown also underlined the charity’s role as the leading voice of the adoptive community in her letters to MPs, which were written following the snap general election on 8th June.
Although the exact make-up of the new government is yet to be finalised, and the new Children and Families Minister has not been announced, Adoption UK is keen to work with MPs from across the political party spectrum, by airing the concerns of adopters to decision-makers in Westminster.
Dr Armstrong Brown explained: “As I am new in this role, this was the perfect opportunity to reach out to newly elected and re-elected MPs as they start the Parliamentary term, and explain how we as an organisation support adoptive parents, and provide them with a voice.
“By harnessing the knowledge and experience of our 8,000-plus members and the wider adoption community, we are in a strong position to inform policymakers, support research, publish case studies – whose experiences are vital in bringing our campaigns to life - and contribute to empirical evidence surrounding adoption in the 21st century.”
Dr Armstrong Brown pointed out that Adoption UK played a significant role in persuading decision-makers in Westminster to set up the Adoption Support Fund for adoptive families in England in May 2015.
“We now want to work with backbenchers to ensure adoptive children's needs are recognised in health, education and social care policy, and that adoptive parents receive support as they parent our most vulnerable children across the whole of the UK,” she said.
Dr Armstrong Brown went on to pay tribute to the former Children’s and Young People Minister Edward Timpson who lost his seat in the general election.
“Putting party allegiances aside, I’m sure most adoptive parents would agree Edward Timpson did an excellent job during his tenure as children’s minister – not least for introducing key government reforms to adoption. I am now looking forward to working with the new ministerial team.”