Social Worker: We Shouldn’t Be Using A Parent’s History To Justify Adoption


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A social worker choosing to remain anonymous, has produced a brilliantly intelligent and deeply sensitive piece looking at the human rights conflicts within adoption.

The social worker, writing for Community Care, describes his own personal struggle with involuntary, or forced, adoption, the way in which decisions are made and most importantly, the threshold used to remove a child from his or her parents.

In the piece, the social worker observes several problems with the current practice of adoption, which will be familiar to families and children who have experienced the process:

“I am required to assess the possible risk, which is hard when the child has not yet been born.”

“I have reflected and realised I do not think history equates to threshold for permanent adoption.”

“The parents [in the case] have a good awareness of the severity of the situation but I can’t help thinking that things have…

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