Petitions of Latvian, Lithuanian and Russian Mothers and on behalf of thousands of victims in the UK
before EU Committee on 19 and 20 March 2014: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/committees/en/peti/home.html
Sian Lloyd[i] in South Wales recently took her life, after her baby Lily was taken off her shortly after birth – by Carmarthenshire County Council. A father who knew her well was saved by Police after he had tried the same, since he cannot get his 13-year old daughter and 9-year old son out of the ‘care’ of the same Council.
S.C.O.T. UK[ii] is the largest campaigning group on Facebook who organise an annual demo outside Downing Street. After the site recently published photos of his children, the father faces imprisonment. His ‘Penal Notice’ of July 2013 says: “if you don’t comply with this order, you may be held to be in contempt of court and you may be imprisoned or fined, or have your assets seized.”
The 2013 S.C.O.T. UK protest[iii] resulted in a letter from the Minister[iv] and the petition before the House of Commons about Children Placed in Foster Care[v]. A survey among 100 parents revealed that 84 of them had their children taken for ‘future risk of emotional harm.’
1,000 children continue to be taken into ‘care’ a month. 10,000 a year go missing from ‘care’. 50 a year die whilst in ‘care’. Already in 2006, it was admitted in Parliament that 200 parents a year are imprisoned for supposed abuse of their children.
A court hearing about the removal of a child from his American mother[vi] by a London Council has been timed to coincide with the presentation of a petition to the European Parliament to seek redress for similar actions by different councils for thousands of families nationwide. The petition has attracted over 2,500 signatures on http://www.change.org/petitions/eu-parliament-abolish-adoptions-without-parental-consent
The EU Petitions Committee will receive also a petition on 19 March from Latvian Laila Brice, whose 5-year old daughter was taken by Merton Council without a court order and put up for adoption.
On the same day Haringey Council will apply to the British Family court for the adoption of the two youngest of Gloria and Chiwar Musa[vii] whose older five children were forcefully removed by police acting for the Council and the parents later jailed for seven years – for supposedly having abused them.
The Association of McKenzie Friends, a voluntary organisation that supports a number of families, is campaigning to stop the forced removal of children from their parents and their subsequent fostering or adoption without due process. The Association also decries the secrecy of family courts[viii], gagging orders with threat of imprisonment, and forced adoptions, which it says are unique in the UK[ix] Writing in The Telegraph, Christopher Booker described the situation as an international scandal[x].
McKenzie Friends have documented and published many other cases where the children were forcibly removed from their parents under questionable circumstances. “These are mostly immigrant families or vulnerable single mothers whom councils should be helping, not terrorising,” McKenzie Friends chair Belinda McKenzie said. “The secrecy of the family courts was meant to protect children. Instead it is protecting shameful and unethical behaviour by the authorities.”
For more details, please contact Sabine K McNeill on 07968 039 141 or sabine AT 3d-metrics.com
Notes and links for editors:
- The Association of McKenzie Friends[xi] is an unfunded network of individuals. It has come together to help parents whose children were taken and who were then imprisoned, fending for themselves as Litigants in Person[xii]. Their petition Children Placed in Foster Care[xiii] was put before the House of Commons on 3 September 2013 without any response so far.
- Foreigners among women[xiv] whose children are targeted have also been observed by Vicky Haigh[xv]. She was imprisoned for 3 years for supposedly having breached a ‘non-molestation order’ – by saying ‘hello’ when she saw her daughter accidentally at a petrol station. She has not seen her now 10-year old daughter since, after she was given to her abusive father. She was the first victim named by John Hemming MP in Parliament: Gag removed job done[xvi]. Her ‘non-molestation order’ for no contact has just been renewed for 3 years.
- John Hemming is the only MP who reliably stands up for victims of family courts. He is Chairman of Justice for Families[xvii] and has organised a meeting for foreign embassies that resulted in the Early Day Motion International Concerns about UK Law[xviii].
- Christopher Booker’s column in The Telegraph addresses the issue regularly. He wrote 14 articles[xix] about the Musas and 2 about Melissa Laird[xx].
- The publisher of Forced Adoption as a book and website is Ian Josephs who has a law degree from Oxford and runs a language school in Monaco. He advises up to 10 parents a day by phone and has spent over £30,000 to help families.
- Abolish Adoption without Parental Consent[xxi] is an online petition before the EU Parliament which is supported by a 12-page Dossier of Online Evidence[xxii].