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Message #18958

Board Name: England (Adoption Related)
Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire UK Feb 08, 2002
URGENT! Please Write to Your MP about Adoption Bill!

Dear All

I have something very important to tell everyone here on the list. The government is trying to pass the Adoption and Children Bill quietly so you won't
notice that they are not giving you your rights - especially adult adoptees!

Tell your MP that you ARE related to your birthfamily/adoptive family - the government says you are not in this bill.

Tell your MP that searches for family should be made a LEGAL right for everyone -that "guidelines" do not work because requests can be denied on
the whim of a social worker as they often are at the moment. There is no recourse in cases of refusal to search.

Tell your MP that the Adoption Contact Register discriminates against birthfamilies. Adoptees are charged 15 and told everything. Birth relatives are
charged 30 (TWICE AS MUCH!) and are told NOTHING! Not even if contact is made or rejected leaving birthfamilies in limbo and reluctant to use the
Register. No one seems to know it exists which makes it rather useless in the first place.

***********MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL!**************
Tell your MP that you want this bill to be "retroactive".
At the moment the government says that the rights they are going to give adult adoptees will only apply to those adopted AFTER the bill is passed.
This means that no one on this list will be entitled to those rights! These rights will only apply to those adopted AFTER the bill when they reach
adulthood in 18 YEARS time!

Tell your MP you are protesting against the lack of rights for the MILLIONS of adult adoptees if this bill goes through as it is. Tell your MP that you
want them to oppose the bill if it is not made "retroactive".

Get everyone you know to write to their MP on this important bill which affects everyone on this list.

Here is the web site for MP's and how to contact them;

Here is the snail mail address:

House of Commons

You can also e-mail some of them on this web site;


Click on "Members and Ministers"
Click on " Alphabetical List of Members of Parliament"

Also write to Alun Milburn, Health Secretary (it is his bill - tell him that you are not happy with this bill because of the above points)

PLEASE, PLEASE WRITE! We will not get another chance to oppose the injustices contained in this bill. The more letters, the better. You don't have
to be an adoptee or birthparent to protest about the injustices of this bill. We must pressure the government to change this bill NOW!

Many thanks for your help and support.

Cathy Henderson - Birthmother to Alastair
Found 16 May 2001

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