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Tuesday, 24 August 2010

'Forced Adoptions': behind the Iron Curtain

The Guardian carried an interesting article about forced adoptions in East Germany. Clearly cases that went on behind closed doors and where people are still not able to get straight answers to straightforward questions. From a West European perspective it is almost impossible to get one's head around such systemic abuse - not saying it not possible here - but my theory is that concerns in the present UK system are more about mess up than conspiracy - discuss?


john said...

People are still not able to get straight answers to straight questions. Take Phil Thompson's case. The courts have lost all the paperwork. That is in Walsall not Leipzig.

The difference in England has tended to be that the families were less intellectual and poorer.

Furthermore the political estates of the constitution haven't generally been aware of what has been going on.

ianjosephs said...

Extract from "The Times" April 13th 2010 !

"Lord Justice Wall (The Senior family court judge) said that the determination of some social workers to place children in an "unsatisfactory care system" away from their families was "quite shocking".In a separate case on which Sir Nicholas Wall also sat, Lord Justice Aikens described the actions of social workers in Devon as "more like Stalin's Russia or Mao's China than the West of England" !
These judges were quite correct !In the UK thousands of newborn babies are snatched from loving families for "risk of emotional abuse",and given for adoption to complete strangers thus fulfilling the adoption targets still set by Ofsted Pac 23.Parents who complain publicly are ruthlessly jailed to protect their own privacy !
We should remove the gag on aggrieved parents and let juries decide when longterm separation of children from parents is envisaged.

Nick Langford said...

Katrina Behr describes being made to feel like "a Cinderella". Earlier this month, a girl called Winona told the Daily Mail she had felt like a "pet" in her new family after being forcibly adopted. Winona was eventually reunited with her mother.
Katrina was adopted by loyal Communist Party members; Winona, like many in this country, was adopted by local council employees.
I simply can't see much moral difference between these two systems.

Stephanie Goodman said...

I totally agree with Ian Josephs comment about Lord Justice Aikens describing the actions of social workers in Devon as "more like Stalin's Russia or Mao's China than the West of England"

It is very important to establish the well being of a child. After all they are the future generations that will one day be ruling us not us ruling them.

Stephanie Goodman