Francesca Polini ended up adopting abroad after facing, what she describes, as too many hurdles in the UK. Speaking to Daybreak, she says a new helpline which offers advice from existing adopters on the process is "a gimmick".
She says there is little point promoting adoption without offering a robust framework that parents and children need.
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