Adoption and Children Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 12:00 pm on 21 November 2001.

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—We believe that the impact of adoption is lifelong, and services need to be provided acknowledging this.

—We believe adoption is a social structure devised to care for children who are unable to be brought up in their birth family, and acknowledge that loss for all parties.

—We believe the stigma attached to adoption is potentially harmful to the health of all concerned.

—We recognise the inequalities that exist in society and aim to address those within this organisation.

—We recognise that within adoption, discrimination has occurred especially on the basis of race, class and disability.

—We value the contribution of those who have personal experience of adoption to design the services we provide.

We believe that the need to maintain connections is an essential part of family life.