posted on Feb, 2 2008 @ 12:17 PM
A frightening look at how some adoptions are handled in England.
"From the time a child is named on a social services care order until the day they are adopted, the parents are breaking the law - a crime punishable
by imprisonment - if they tell anyone what is happening to their family.
Anything from a chat with a neighbour to a letter sent to a friend can land them in jail.
And many have found themselves sent to prison for breaching court orders by talking about their case.....Figures recently released by the Department
for Local Government and Community Cohesion show that two councils - Essex and Kent - were offered more than £2million "bonuses" over three years
to encourage additional adoptions.
Four others - Norfolk, Gloucestershire, Cheshire and Hampshire - were promised an extra £1million.
This sweeping shake-up was designed for all the right reasons: to get difficult-to-place older children in care homes allocated to new parents.
But the reforms didn't work. Encouraged by the promise of extra cash, social workers began to earmark babies and cute toddlers who were most easy to
place in adoptive homes, leaving the more difficultto-place older children in care."
They have offered bonuses to social workers for taking babies away from their mothers at birth, in an effort to boost the number of adoptions. I used
to work in a county drug/alcohol rehab program for mothers. The women would have a baby and then immediately the baby was taken from the motehr and
put in a foster home. It would take up to 2 years for them to get the babies back and some of them weren't guilty of using drugs while they were
pregnant. Some babies were put up for adoption. This completely breaks any chance the mother or baby have of bonding with each other. I hated this
practice, and eventually left that job in large part because of what they were doing.
Another sign that our world has gone crazy.