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Adoption Motion, 07/09/11 [S]

Motion lodged before the Scottish Parliament on 7 September 2011 by Ken Macintosh (Lab) on 40 years of Adoption UK.

The full text of the motion reads:

That the Parliament congratulates Adoption UK, a support charity for adoptive families, on its 40th anniversary; recognises the support that it has given to countless families over the last 40 years; understands that a group of parents in 1971 recognised that parenting children who had experienced loss, neglect and abuse would be challenging and that such families would need ongoing help and support; believes that the success and growth of Adoption UK is due to the determination of the organisation to ensure that adoptive families are not seen as second class families; understands that children adopted from the care system today are some of the most vulnerable children in society and may have a range of ongoing complex needs; further understands that, while placing such children through adoption in a loving permanent family is a first step to recovery, the need for ongoing support and services must be addressed; considers that, although the Adoption and Children (Scotland) Act 2007 states that all those affected by adoption have a right to an assessment of needs for adoption support services, this assessment of need has to be backed up by the provision of a range of therapeutic services to enable children to recover from their adverse start in life and be part of a loving lifelong family, and understands that, to this end, adoptive families should have an entitlement to support services, not just an assessment.

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