Read this article the other day on the BBC website. It includes:'Critics of "forced adoptions" say social workers are rushing cases to hit the government's adoption targets.' [who are the critics?]
'Campaigners, including Justice for Families, also claim the secrecy of the family courts is stopping parents properly challenging adoptions.' [Justice for Famillies and who else?]
'The investigation by BBC Radio 4's Face the Facts spoke to four parents who claim their children have been removed from them unjustly.' [Four? Push the boat out why don't you. And of course we have no idea at all why the parent quoted in the article had her baby removed at birth - perhaps it was wrong, perhaps it was a tough but right decision. To simply report the removal of a baby at birth is emotive but not instructive.]
And as for the statistics, a simple rise in the number of adoptions doesn't prove that things are going wrong. Government policy is to increase the proprtion of children in care being adopted so that children who can't go back to their parents don't get bounced around children's homes and foster placements their whole childhood.
As far as I can tell this article is probably pretty much based on assertions made by John Hemming MP (of Justice For Families), and his writing is couched in pretty trenchant terms, so its hard to work out what is fact and what is hyperbole.
Its a shame, because there may well be some truth to these stories, and certainly if there is they ought to be properly investigated and dealt with, but I'm not sure this article takes us much further. I'm sure there are some miscarriages of justice, but its difficult to get to the bottom of what really goes on or the scale of the problem and these reports don't help.
Unfortunately I didn't get to hear the Face the Facts programme which was aired this weekend, so I can't tell you if this was more specific in its source material. Did anyone else see it?