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Why We Need To Rethink Adoption – Groundbreaking Research

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A research paper published in the Children and Youth Services Review in 2009 is a hidden gem worth reading, not just for its breathtaking insight into how foster care and adoption affects children but also in its call for radical reform of current permanency practices and policies.

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Written by Gina Samuels, at the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration, this study worked with 29 young adults who had experienced foster care. The study focuses on ‘ambiguous loss’, a theory which suggests that children who experience a complete disconnect from their birth families become unsure as to what family is, who is a part of their family and creates long-term confusion which cannot be resolved. It is often defined as the most stressful type of loss humans can experience, because unlike the death of a loved one which can be mourned, ambiguous loss blocks a child’s ability to grieve and move…

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New Inquiry Launched Into Ethics Of Adoption

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Welcome to another week.

Very much in the vein of the nation’s Independent Inquiry Into Child Sexual Abuse, The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) has just confirmed that it will be launching a year-long investigation into adoption and the practice surrounding it.

The inquiry will be managed by a steering group of adult adoptees (though we hope this will include young men and women from the age of 16 for more up to date analyses from this group), birth parents, adoptive parents, senior law professionals, academics and social workers.

The BASW led investigation hopes to see how the government’s current policies are affecting adoption, like the 26 week timescale for adoptions to be completed and whether a lack of resources is preventing the child welfare sector from doing its best. It will invite everyone affected by the adoption process to come forward and share their thoughts.


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@EU #EU Safeguarding Children’s Right across Europe: from Petitioning EU Parliament to Voting on a Resolution

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I guess it can be called citizen’s democracy in action. Here’s the chronological development:

    1. Our petition to the UK Parliament regarding Children Placed in Foster Care, put forward by former MP John Hemming yielded no response.
    2. Instead, I am now one of so far four ‘activists’ [Police calls us ‘members of a protest group’] who have been persecuted and prosecuted by UK authorities in our pursuits of being a voice for Children Screaming to be Heard. Two of us face a jury trial on 11 July – potentially committing us to prison. My ‘crime’ was to publish this blog post – in everybody’s view a clear ‘stitch-up’ between Police and CPS.
    1. our collective petition was asking for the Abolition of Adoptions without Parental Consent – presented in six minutes of passion, when accompanied by 30 parents on 19 March 2014 – and quite rationally to a newly elected…

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Mother Who Fought To Get Her Baby Back And Won

A mother who lost four children to the care system and then fought the child protection system to keep her fifth, was interviewed today on BBC2.

The interview is a candid look at the system and the ‘risk of future harm’ test, which allows social services to take children from parents who they feel cannot look after their children. The interview also explores how the removal process affects parents and why mothers who lose children to the care system continue to get pregnant.

You can watch the full interview here.


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@ChildrensRights Our Five Issues at Children Screaming to be Heard Conference

Here is the last presentation of the conference:

Here are the slides that I looked at:

And here are the links to:

  1. details about the Plenary Debate of the EU Parliament regarding the Best Interests of the Child across borders – on 27 April 2016;
  2. our petition to Abolish Adoptions without Parental Consent with currently 5,700 signatures;
  3. our petition to establish a Royal Commission into Ritual Abuse and Satanic Crimes – as proposed by Tim Tate in his book “Children for the Devil” in 1991.
  4. the website of the Association of McKenzie Friends for our Five Issues and the Three Levels we are working on: UK, EU and UN.
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