BREAKING: Top Human Rights Court Rules Forced Adoption Violates Right To Family Life

Natasha on September 13, 2019 at 11:04 am
It’s a step in the right direction. Most cases, domestic or international, take years to resolve, which means that children have bonded, often, with their carers or become adults. What this case does is make it very clear that forced adoption is not legal, or viable in terms of child welfare policy. It’s a judgment that was desperately needed. And it could well be the tipping point.

And yes, it could now be argued in a UK court and could lead to forced adoptions being taken off the table. That is the brilliance of this judgment.

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In a groundbreaking case, the European Court of Human Rights ruled on Tuesday that a child services agency breached a mother and her son’s rights by forcibly removing her son and giving him to a foster family several years after he was removed from her custody as a newborn.

The grand chamber of the European Court of Human Rights concluded that Norway’s Barnevernet child services agency had violated Trude Lobben and her son’s rights to family life, and had not carried out adequate investigations into the mother’s parenting skills or provided adequate evidence to bolster its claim that the child was vulnerable and that adoption was in his best interest.


In a statement published on ADF International, a faith-based legal advocacy organization promoting human rights, Lobben’s lawyer, Grégory Thuan Dit Dieudonne, said:

“Human rights advocates have been highlighting the destructive practices of the Barnevernet for years. This ruling is…

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