Kiwi Polemicist

January 31, 2009

Update to “Pure evil: social workers give children to gay couple for adoption despite wishes of grandparents”

Here’s another quote from Peter Harris which didn’t fit well in the earlier post:

The policy clearly set out in the Children Act 1989 is that wherever possible, and unless it is contrary to a child’s best interests, a child should be kept within its natural family, and social services have a duty to provide support to children in need in order to achieve this.

The Adoption and Children Act 2002 goes even further in spelling out the intention of Parliament, and the duty of social services, about adoption decisions. An adoption agency (social services coming to a decision about adoption) must consider the relationship which a child has with relatives, and their willingness and ability to care for him.

It goes on to prohibit a court or adoption agency from making a decision that a child should be adopted, unless it considers that to do so would be better for the child than not to do so.

With such clear legal pointers in place it is devastating for grandparents (and the child) when social workers ignore them and work to their own agenda.

Translation: the social workers are a law unto themselves.

Click here to read about similar injustices against grandparents and children in the UK.

What do you think about these social workers ignoring clear policy?

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  1. […] Click here for an update to this post. […]

    Pingback by Pure evil: social workers give children to gay couple for adoption despite wishes of grandparents « Kiwi Polemicist — January 31, 2009 @ 9:49 am


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