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Adoption

Penny Dean is LPUK`s Adoption Advisor, she has helped find homes for many babies with dwarfism over the years and is our link with Social Services, should a baby come up for Adoption. 

Over the years gone by there have been several babies and some children put up for adoption, because they have a dwarfism condition. But thankfully because of education and help available now, we are seeing less and less babies with dwarfism needing to be adopted. But at any time we could be approached with a baby that has been put up for adoption. For this reason, we are very keen to have a list of individuals and families who have been approved to adopt in readiness should an enquiry come to us. If you have gone through being approved to adopt and would consider adopting a baby/child with dwarfism please contact us. If LPUK were approached by Social Workers they would be put in contact with Penny who then may contact you.

If you would like to know more about the stages of being approved to adopt a baby/child with dwarfism then please contact us and we will connect you with our Penny Dean.

LPUK is committed to ensuring that help is given to any baby/child with dwarfism that needs a loving family.

 

International Adoption

These experiences below are from Pippa Wauthier, who is happy to talk to anyone with regard to overseas adoption.

It is now possible to adopt children with dwarfism from China using the Inter Country Adoption Centre’s ( IAC)  Linking Service. 

It would be worth having an initial interview with the IAC to ensure that the Chinese Criteria are met. People must be married for at least 2 years, and single ladies can adopt. The upper age limit is about 55 years old, although there are exceptions if the child is older. Then one needs to complete the UK Home Study or Adoption Assessment and be approved at panel to adopt from China. The home study takes about 6 months. Following this then you can register with the IAC for finding a match in China. More documents are needed to complete a “bundle”, which must then be notarized and sent to China via the UK government offices or Dfe. Once approved by the Chinese Embassy in London they are sent to China and registered with the CCCWA (Chinese Centre for Children, Welfare and Adoption). The IAC are then able to match families in the UK to children on a “shared list”. This list consists of all the children currently waiting in China to be adopted. The list is updated regularly, and most of the children have special needs including those with dwarfism, although information on the list can be minimal. Most of the children on the list are boys, and tend also to be older ie aged 3-13yrs. Once a child is matched the family is expected to go to China and collect them and this usually happens within 3-6mths of matching. The total length of the process is anywhere from 12mths to 2 or 3 years. 

The costs of inter country adoption are quite high. Every process and step needs to be paid for. The initial cost for the UK assessment are £6,000. The notary fees are £1,000. The Chinese Linking Service is £7,500. The cost of the post adoption reports ( paid up front) is £3,000. The registration fee for Dfe is £1,750. The cost of the CCCWA registration is about £1,000. Total fees for all the paperwork are around £20,000. 

There are then costs involved in going to China – flights, accommodation, guide and driver. Further costs are for Chinese visas, and the child’s passport and British Visa to come back to the UK. There is also the cost of the Orphanage Donation to be paid (usually around £3,500). These will vary according to how many people travel, and what type of accommodation is used.

The trip to China is usually only 2 weeks maximum. China is a Hague Convention Country so the adoption is recognized in the UK. On meeting the child the adoption takes place soon afterwards and then immediately the child becomes a British Citizen. 

The process involves quite a few steps, but once in China the process is slick. The IAC is very open to discussing the process and how they can help create families. It is important that families also have some Chinese links, and understand a bit about Chinese culture, food, language etc so they can support their child’s ethnicity once home. 

Having recently successfully navigated this process and adopted our gorgeous daughter (who is aged 6 with achondroplasia) we are happy to answer any questions.

 

Disability Living Allowance (DLA)/Personal Independance Payment (PIP) 

LPUK recognises that many of its members are going through the transition of DLA to PIPs. 

The Committee is currently sourcing professional help in this matter and will publish a PIP advisory section on the website soon. There will also be a PIP workshop at our convention this year. 

In the meantime, we are building up an FAQ section to answer some of the most common questions.

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