In September my parents were accepted as part of the adoption agency and had been given a place on the preparation course in November. A few weeks later they were sent a massive form that they needed to fill in. It included personal details, a chronological list of all the schools my parents went to, even when they were like 4, a chronological list of every address they had ever lived at and so much more. Some of the information they ask for makes you think “Why on earth do they need to know that!?” but if they do, you have to supply it. It must have been about 25 pages long, maybe more! It took about a week for my parents to complete the form and get it sent off. Everything was positively moving forward with that and conformation of a place on the preparation classes later on this month.
Unfortunately, The preparation classes were cancelled! It’s safe to all of us were completely gutted. It was cancelled because there wasn’t enough people to attend. Ridiculous. This week is National Adoption Week and the government are currently trying to work out a way to make the adoption process shorter. Cancelling preparation classes because there aren’t enough people to attend is no way of helping to make the process shorter. Who cares if the people taking the course aren’t getting paid as much for teaching a smaller class, if people are ready to take the course they should be allowed to. It’s not so much about parents being able to adopt, it’s about those thousands and thousands of children in care waiting for that loving family to give them a better life. We will now have to wait until late January early February for the next lot of preparation classes. I’m hoping that this Christmas will be our last Christmas as just me, my mum and dad. Maybe next year there will be four of us. Hopefully.