Forced Adoption – Is it Legal?

Originally posted on Researching Reform:

We would like to thank our friend Mr Phil Thompson for reminding us of the evolving narrative on forced adoption, with the most recent development being an open apology by Australia’s Prime Minister Julia Gilliard on the forced adoptions which took place in Australia during the 1950s to the 1970s. Children in this era of forced adoption were being taken from mothers, simply because they were either unwed or very young and unmarried.

Australia has always been something of a leading light in Family Law. Here in the UK, we look to their progressive efforts and their often thoughtful, honest and incisive analysis of the implementation of those policies and processes, so it comes as no surprise that they are currently looking at the issue of forced adoption and considering whether this practice is in fact ethical.

Forced adoption is a term usually used to refer to a situation where…

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What #Parents #Sacrificed for their #Children: Food for Feelings on this 1st Sunday of #Advent

Originally posted on In the Best Interests of the 'Whistleblower Kids'?:

15 11 29 BiancaBianca Sparacino used Tumblr to ask for submissions about sacrifices our parents had made for us and got inundated.

These are five she published:

1. “I was no stranger to the fact that my father had injured himself in the war, leaving him mobile but unable to use his hands or upper body properly. I did not know, however, that he had been a renowned painter before he enlisted in the military. People would come to visit him for portraits, and his paintings were revered by many. He wouldn’t have gone into the war if it weren’t for me. He was compelled to help create a world that was peaceful for his young daughter, and he succeeded at the cost of never being able to paint again. My father
gave up his passion for me, he gave up a good career for my future, but he always made it clear…

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HOPE from Europe: @EURightsAgency and Council of Europe @CoE launch handbook on #ChildRights @UKSupremeCourt

15 11 25 EU HandbookVienna/Strasbourg, 20 November 2015

Child rights in European law: new practical guide from the EU Fundamental Rights Agency and the Council of Europe

On the occasion of Universal Children’s Day, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), the Council of Europe, and the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), launch a handbook on European law relating to rights of the child.

”The promotion and protection of rights of the child is one of the EU’s objectives. However, legal practitioners are not always familiar with European law and jurisprudence in this area,” says FRA interim Director Constantinos Manolopoulos. ”We are glad to offer this useful guide to assist practitioners better protect children so they can effectively enjoy their rights.”

Council of Europe Director General for Democracy Snežana Samardžić-Marković  says: ”Legislation and policy promoting the rights of the child would have little impact without them being directly implemented through national and international jurisprudence. Professionals working with and for children need to have a full overview and, most importantly, understanding of the case law developed by the international and regional courts in this area. This handbook will be a precious tool to making children’s rights a reality in their daily lives.

The Handbook on European law relating to the rights of the child is the first comprehensive guide to European law in the area of child rights, taking into account both the case law of the ECtHR and the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). It provides information on: the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU and relevant Regulations and Directives; the European Social Charter (ESC); decisions of the European Committee of Social Rights; other Council of Europe instruments; as well as on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and other international instruments. Continue reading

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Social workers ‘attempted a cover up’ to keep five children in foster care

Originally posted on Parents Rights Blog:

A judge has taken the extraordinary step of naming social workers who took part in an attempted ?cover up? to keep five children from living with their parents. One social worker?s report was rewritten by a colleague and a manager to present the parents in a poorer light, Judge Mark Horton found. He also accused social workers of lying under oath. In an scathing ruling, the judge condemned the conduct of social workers at Hampshire County Council involved in the case, which related to five Portsmouth siblings aged between three and 16 in foster care.

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He said: “It is exceptional to find a case in which there has been deliberate and calculated alteration of a report prepared by one social worker in order to make that assessment seem less favourable, by another social worker and the team manager; the withholding of the original report when…

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15 11 12 Family Law Week


N (Children) (Adoption: Jurisdiction) [2015] EWCA Civ 1112

Important decision of the Court of Appeal concerning adoption cases with a foreign element, the possibility of ‘limping’ adoptions, and future good practice in relation to section 20 Children Act 1989: misuse and abuse of s.20 will ‘no longer be tolerated’ and ‘it must stop’.

This was an appeal from a decision of HHJ Bellamy (sitting as a Deputy High Court Judge) at the final hearing of care and placement order proceedings relating to two Hungarian children to transfer the proceedings to Hungary pursuant to Article 15 of Council Regulation (EC) no 2201/2003 (hereafter ‘BIIA’). The essential issue was whether Judge Bellamy was right to proceed as he did under Article 15 BIIA, and the Court of Appeal (Munby P, Black LJ and Sir Richard Aikens) dismissed the appeals.

During the hearing however, the issues broadened and the Court of Appeal had to consider a number issues concerning the application of domestic adoption law in cases with a foreign element, resulting in a very detailed judgment from Munby P.

Jurisdiction in adoption cases with a foreign element 
(Munby P at [74-103]; Black LJ at [175-186]) Continue reading

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Latvian, Lithuanian And Russian Mothers In The United Kingdom

Originally posted on Parents Rights Blog:

Latvian, Lithuanian And Russian Mothers In The United Kingdom

What about the children? Is it better for a child to live in hell or to be unloved or unsafe and stay with those that bear similar DNA? Then [sic] to be in an environment where they have safety and love? Is that just their cross to bear to see all these things and grow up to be abusive or incapable of love or responsibility?

Daniel Ibn Zayd

Source: bnn-new

Dutch social workers catch the English disease”, reports the case of the 11-year-old Antonovs twins: a Russian-Latvian brother and sister forcibly snatched by Dutch social workers from their mother and older brother Ilja, primarily on the grounds that at home they spoke Russian, not Dutch.  A chilling video of the twins being carried kicking and screaming to a police van is on YouTube (“Kidnap of children from…

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