The Times Was Campaigning To Fix A broken British Adoption System
In Glasgow two months ago a 14-year-old boy was jailed for seven years for fatally stabbing his 34-year-old foster mother. The incident took place a year ago. In the days leading up to the murder, the boy had been grounded, and his Xbox, mobile phone and laptop – which he used to keep in contact with his natural mother – were taken from him as punishment for his behaviour. According to his foster father, Bryan McKenzie, who had left the family home an hour before the attack, the boy didn’t seem overly upset by the punishment. Dawn and Bryan McKenzie were first-time foster parents and were, perhaps, through no fault of their own, out of their depth with the boy. As seasoned fosterers/adopters are aware, there is a fine line when it comes to disciplining children who are already disturbed by their backgrounds, and taking so much from him was obviously inadvisable.
Local authorities don’t own up to the breakdown rate in adoption either. Ask and the reply is very likely to be a vague “not much”. Some local authorities and adoption agencies have been forced to admit to a rate of 20%, but that isn’t the whole picture. Some years ago the Strathclyde region, then the biggest social work area in Europe, investigated the situation. That 1986 report found breakdown rates rising from 16% for children placed at age five, to 60% at nine and over – that’s six out of 10 children adopted going back into care. And that report counted three years as a successful adoption, which doesn’t take into account the fact breakdowns also happen later than that. The author of the report, Sandy Jamieson, former assistant director of social work in charge of childcare, reviewed the figures twice in the early 90s and found the situation had not improved, and indeed had possibly got worse. There is absolutely no reason to suspect that other areas of the UK have achieved better results.
The system is “appalling, soul-destroying and makes no sense.
Beyond the Adoption Order: challenges, interventions and adoption disruption Research report
Julie Selwyn, Dinithi Wijedasa, and Sarah
1. Adoption disruption
There have been no national studies on adoption disruption in the UK or USA. Most of the research to date has focused on narrowly defined populations, of children placed before 1990 and on disruptions that occurred before the Adoption Order was made. In the UK, research literature on adoption disruption has been considered as just one of the outcomes in studies that have examined adoption outcomes more generally. Disruption has rarely received specific attention.
This is partly because it is impossible to use available administrative data to link a child’s pre and post care histories, as the child’s social care, NHS, and pupil number changes after an Adoption Order is made. Furthermore, after the making of an Adoption Order, agencies are under no obligation to keep in touch with adoptive families and some adoptive parents want to cut ties with Children’s Services. Consequently, the rates of disruption have been quoted as ranging between 2% and 50% and there has been a view that adoptions disrupt frequently. There are three key issues in relation to the published research on adoption disruption: lack of agreed definitions, assumption that findings from the US apply to the UK, and limited analysis of available data. Continue reading
Beyond the adoption order: challenges, intervention, disruption
Disruptions in adoption placements, where the child returns to care after being legally adopted, have been subject to significant speculation over many years. The rate has been thought to be as high as 30% and this and other similarly high figures have been extensively quoted. The research from the University of Bristol is to be welcomed for not only identifying what the true figure is but identifying that it is far lower than these speculative figures even came close to. The research supports the widely held view that adoptive placements provide children with stable, secure loving homes when they cannot live with their birth parents. The U.K has established a robust system for ensuring children severely at risk can be placed into adoptive homes when local authorities and the courts agree and this research identifies that this continues to be the right policy. Continue reading
Adoption Disruption: The Dark Side of Adoption
For the vast majority of adoptive families, adoption is a way to build a family that lasts forever. And most adoptive families are able to cope with unexpected issues that may crop up, such as developmental or medical issues, or problems that a child may have due to past abuse and institutionalization. But there’s a dirty little secret that few people have been privy to: adoption disruption. It’s like a divorce, except instead of severing ties with your spouse, you’re severing ties with the child that you’ve promised to raise and love. Continue reading
The position was drastically altered by the Crown Proceedings Act 1947 which made the Crown (when acting as the government) liable as of right in proceedings where it was previously only liable by virtue of a grant of a fiat .. Fore more about Absolute Immunity Continue reading
Note From The Author: Children Of African Descent
GOD GAVE ME MY CHILDREN,, NOT THE STATE.