A MUM says she was forced to move her two adopted children to Wales after they were bullied at a Swindon school.

The woman, who wished to remain anonymous, spoke out after Adoption UK called on the government for support.

Its report revealed those who have been adopted are twice as likely to not end up in employment, education or training. Its findings showed a shocking 39 per cent need help from mental health services and 16 per cent have been involved in crime.

The Swindon-born mum said: “That really doesn’t come as a shock because my son was bullied, treated like he was this awful thing. I had to really fight to get any help or backing.

“My daughter went to school in Swindon and was bullied not only by the students but by one of the teachers. Our daughter is quite a sensitive soul and they knew what they were getting into.”

Adoption UK says government policies are still not addressing the challenges adoptive families face every day.

It thinks that including therapeutic assessments for every child before they find a new family and fully-costed support plans would help rewrite their future.

The mum added: “My daughter was diagnosed as having dyspraxia, we were told she copes, that’s why she doesn’t get support.

"We’re not asking her to cope, we are asking her to thrive.

“But because she was keeping it together at school and keeping them happy, they didn’t help.

"We had to get her around lampposts and that because she was keeping it together at school, she kept walking into things. She came out of school one day and said that she didn’t feel safe anymore and so we pulled her out.”

The woman decided to move her family to Wales, where she feels she is supported more but is unable to get financial support now she isn’t in England.

She said: “These kids are part of our future, so something has got to give, and if it doesn’t, they will be through that system.

“They’re not average children they come with baggage they need help with that and so do the parents.”

The report’s author, Becky Brooks, said: “These are strong and optimistic families, improving the life chances of some of the UK’s most complex and vulnerable children. But for too many families, getting support to help their children overcome their tough start in life is like fighting a losing battle.”

But despite the struggles these families face, the report says that 79 per cent of parents would still encourage others to adopt.