A father from Royston launched a protest against forced adoption outside Barnsley Town Hall on Christmas day to raise awareness around the impact of forced adoption and the policies the UK uses to implement the practice. John Aveyard lost his four children to the care system. The siblings were then split up and forcibly adopted.
Forced adoption, or non-consensual adoption as it is sometimes called, allows the government to remove children from families where there is a risk of harm, without getting parental consent. The practice is used in a small minority of countries around the world, with consensual adoption being the preferred approach for the majority of countries.
As part of the demonstration, John put a table up outside the town hall and placed four candles on it, one for each of his children as a reminder that they would not be sitting with him at the table on…
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Dear Adoption, You’ve Left me Without the One Thing I Seem to Want and Need the Most
You are the wedge between family and me. I can get close, but not close enough. I hold everyone at arm’s length.
You are the fence atop which I sit perched, unable to access either side. I’m destined to long for what’s just out of reach.
You are the hurdle I must jump each time I want to connect with someone. The fear of rejection is ever looming.
You are the obstacle in my way every time I want to travel. The anxiety that precedes is like a whispered threat that I’ll never return to the place I left.
You are the crux of my pain. My mind was too young to remember but my body was not. The constant struggle to make sense of it all torments me.
You’ve left me…
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