The Adoption Paradox

Kids who are adopted have richer, more involved parents. They also have more behavior and attention problems. Why? [Continua – The Atlantic]

Neglected and abused children are not being best served by the present system. The Guardian

Many of the 70,000 children in the care of the state will have experienced abject neglect or abuse at the hands of parents unable or unwilling to provide the care and nurture that comes naturally to most families. While adoption will only be appropriate for a minority of these children, it can be transformative, offering them the best chance of growing up in a stable, permanent, loving home.

The 12% drop in the number of children being adopted in the year ending in March is therefore deeply concerning. Experts believe this will be followed by even steeper falls, as applications for placement orders, the first step in the adoption process, have fallen even more markedly.

This is an area fraught with sensitivity: the decision to remove a child from their parents’ care is one of the utmost gravity. Yet there is a great deal of evidence that in recent decades, courts have been too reluctant to make this call, at huge cost to children’s lives. Martin Narey, the former chief executive of Barnardo’s, observed in his 2011 investigation into the adoption system: “Frequently, a child is living in observed neglect for many months, years sometimes, before first being removed to care.” […]

The Observer view on adoption

Baby adoption practices of past demand inquiry, say law firms. The Guardian

Pressure is mounting for a public inquiry into the adoption of hundreds of thousands of babies born to unmarried women over a 30-year period amid claims from some mothers who say they were coerced into handing over their children.

A letter will be sent to the home secretary, Amber Rudd, next week from solicitors at two eminent law firms calling on her to convene a public inquiry into historical adoption practices in the UK. The solicitors say an inquiry would uncover the truth about the practices – stretching over three decades after the end of the second world war – and hold agencies to account.

Meanwhile more women have come forward to tell their stories of being pressured into having their babies adopted.

[…] About half a million babies, most born to unmarried women, were adopted in the 1950s, 60s and 70s when the Catholic church, Church of England and the Salvation Army ran “mother and baby homes” and adoption agencies in the UK. Adoption reached a peak in 1968, when more than 16,000 babies born to unmarried mothers were handed over to new families.

Baby adoption practices of past demand inquiry, say law firms


Australia is decades behind on adoption. The Guardian

[…] In reality, many ordinary Australians spend years fighting bureaucracy and making sacrifices to earn the right to take care of traumatised children nobody else wants.

[…] Australia has moved in the opposite direction. The number of children in foster care has skyrocketed – there are now 43,000 kids living without a permanent home. Many spend their entire childhood being handballed from one placement to another before transiting into juvenile justice. Yet there were fewer than 100 foster care adoptions last year and just seven outside NSW.
Adoption is not viable for all foster kids. Some have been so damaged by constant moves and re-abuse in care, they’re now unable to settle in a family home. Others remain emotionally attached to birth families and could be returned if it weren’t for our woeful underfunding of social support services.
[…] Australia’s pre-1980s history of forced adoptions – where Aboriginal and single women were coerced into handing over their babies and denied future contact – helps explain today’s status quo. NSW has been the only state to pursue pro-adoption reforms and this led to cries that government is once again trying to steal children.

82 anos depois, mãe encontra filha entregue à adoção de modo forçado

Mãe e filha separadas em 1933 tiveram um encontro improvável que celebrou uma busca de décadas. Lena Pierce, 96, e sua filha, Betty Morrell, 82, encontraram-se mais de 80 anos depois da segunda ter sido disponibilizada para a adoção de modo forçado.

Pierce tinha 14 anos de idade e seis meses depois do nascimento de Eva May, como sua filha era chamada à época, o poder público entendeu que ela seria jovem demais para cuidar da filha, determinando a colocação da criança em família substituta.

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82 years later, mother meets daughter she was forced to give up for adoption

Mãe entrega filho à adoção e, 30 anos depois, quer se casar com ele

RIO – Kim West, uma inglesa de 51 anos, deu seu filho Ben Ford para adoção há 30 anos, quando ele tinha apenas uma semana de vida, porque não tinha condições de cria-lo. O bebê foi adotado por uma família nos EUA. Eles ficaram três décadas sem se ver, até que Ben descobriu o endereço de sua mãe biológica e enviou uma carta [Leia mais – O Globo]

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