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Punishment without crime
In a French news journal is another report from a mother who escaped the UK to avoid having her child forcibly adopted.
A British woman has told how she was allowed to keep her son in France after she fled the UK to stop him being taken away at birth under the Children Act.
Former health worker Sarah-Jane Poole, 33, has been investigated by French social services and deemed to pose no risk to her son, now two.
This is unfortunately nothing new. For some years now, British authorities have been snatching children from their parents and having them adopted. A baby can be removed at birth under UK law and put into foster care or up for adoption, without parental consent, if the parents are deemed to be potentially dangerous to their child in the future.
It is thought that many thousands of children are taken from parents each year by judges and social workers in secret “Family” Courts.
As Ian Josephs reports, relatives and friends are routinely forbidden to enter the court. Although accredited journalists can sometimes attend, they are forbidden to publish names of local authorities or parents and cannot publish any dialogue spoken in the court, so there’s not a lot of point in attending. Even parents are liable to be jailed if they reveal details of family court proceedings, or if they protest publicly identifying themselves. “Family” courts are also known to issue silencing orders which forbid parents from discussing their cases with anyone except solicitors for 18 years after their babies have been taken.
Fathers, if not living with the mother, are often not informed and not given a chance to adopt their child.
Only one in 400 care applications is refused by the courts, despite families often spending years and all their savings trying to save their children.
Although nothing new, the looming spectre of Britain pulling out of the European Union (EU) has put in question the fate of many parents who have left the country to save their families. Depending on the arrangement made in withdrawing from the EU, citizens of the UK may have to go back home: where the children could once more be at risk from social workers.
While some children need to be removed from parents incapable of raising them safely, there is far too much money, social pressure, and political ideology involved in the process. This all encourages a scourge on the country’s social structure, causing terrible heartache for a great many caring parents.
Social workers, barristers, solicitors, court appointed ‘experts’, judges, CAFCASS, fostering agencies, adoption agencies, directors of charities (such as Barnardos and NCPCC), directors and owners of special schools, and care homes providing “secure accommodation” etc all make a very good living out of it. (In 2014, one fostering agency sold for £130m.) Marxism, often implemented by feminist organisations, encourages children to be taken from families.
In June 2012, an All-Party Parliamentary Group for Runaway and Missing Children and Adults published a report of their joint inquiry into children who go missing from care. For the first time, this exposed the huge numbers. The report estimated 10,000 individual children went missing each year. The report cited that this high number was symptomatic of a care system which was far from being fit for purpose and in need of an urgent rethink. In 2015, the BBC reported that 17,175 had gone missing from care.
How safe are these children taken from parents supposedly to keep them safe?