The Member of Parliament for Eastleigh, Mims Davies, attended the launch of Adoption UK’s new report last week to hear about the work that is being done to improve outcomes, for those who are adopted as well as for those families who decide that adoption is for them.
Commenting, Eastleigh MP and Minister for Loneliness, Mims Davies said:
“As Eastleigh’s MP I am proud of the work that Hampshire County Council carry out in support of families across our area, but also recognise the challenges those families face.
“Families who adopt face hurdles which many of us simply wouldn’t think about. Adopters and their adoptive children need to be supported before, during and after the official adoption. Given my work on loneliness, I particularly recognise that feelings of isolation following adoption is common and appreciate Adoption UK’s concerns over advice to adopters to keep friends and family at arm’s length throughout the early weeks of adoption.
“I was therefore really pleased to hear families who responded to Adoption UK’s survey speak about how they valued the opportunity to meet with other local adoptive families and to share their experiences through this report. We absolutely need to ensure that adoptive parents are supported and I will continue to work with Hampshire County Council, Ministers and others to retain outstanding services across our area and where necessary make sure that adoptive parents and children see their outcomes improved.”