My life is defined by adoption but I can’t bear national adoption week. It feels like a misguided sales exercise.
This year I’m shocked by the narrative that is not being mentioned. That there are more adopters approved than children waiting. It hints at a failed policy. Perhaps the system is so inept that we can’t match children with families. Perhaps the approved adopters want cookie cutter children and the 4000 are not those children, complicated children with question marks over their age, history, behaviour and genes. Perhaps I’m wrong.
Perhaps #nationaladoptionweek was planned before the realisation that the figures would be like this. So, we lead the prospective adopters to the cookie cutter children line and make like its all ok. We wheel out the shining examples of how it’s all going to be ok and frankly I’m not sure that it is.