From 2013 there is a change in legislation in England which will give adopted children the same status in education as looked after children (Adoption UK Statement). This means that they will be given priority places in education. This is great news because adopted children don't change miraculously overnight on the day their adoption is approved and shake off all their past and any residual issues and anxieties and behavioural difficulties. Those issues are often still very prevalent, and may take a long time to resolve. This change in legislation means that our children can access the education that is best for them to enable them to grow and develop and support the love and care and work that their adoptive parents are able to offer them. It also means that they can remain with their friends and people that they are familiar with, thus ensuring continuity during their school and social lives. We feel that this is vital for long term stability and growth.
I recently mentioned this issue to a friend of a friend who was horrified that Katie and other adopted children would have priority in education over her child. She didn't think it was fair! My reply was that it wasn't fair that Katie had been put in a situation where she needed to be adopted in the first place and that she deserved every opportunity available to help her succeed in life. I don't think it's fair that any child is denied access to a high level of care and opportunity to succeed in their lives. This change at least recognises a marginalised group of children who may need additional support throughout their educational lives.
.......Hmmm thought not!