Charity survey highlights problems with post-adoption contact system

More than half of post-adoption professionals have criticised the quality of services in their local area to help adoptive and birth families stay in contact. Of those surveyed, 52 per cent described the quality of the current system of ‘letterbox’ contact – where adoptive and birth families exchange letters often once a year – as “poor” or “very poor”. The findings have emerged in a report produced by the charity Pause, which supports women whose children have been removed from their home or at risk of being placed in care. The report also reveals that nearly three quarters of adoptive families (70 per cent) and birth mothers (69 per cent) said their ‘letterbox’ contact had never been reviewed. Read more.