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ABOLISH FORCED ADOPTION !
(The adoption of babies and young children despite opposition in court from the parents)Nearly 90% of adoptions in the UK are made WITHOUT the consent of the parent(s)
The sad fact is that social workers snatch babies at birth for "risk of emotional abuse" from hundreds of UK mothers.Worse still, those mothers are forbidden to go to the media to protest and threatened with jail if they do ! All subsequent court proceedings leading to "forced adoption" are secret with jail for anybody rash enough to tell the public who appeared, what they said, or what was decided and why, in our so called "family courts" !
Here's a video of me explaining my position on forced adoption and the gagging of both parents and children .
1:-If you want to learn about the tyranny of social services and the family courts in the
UK READ ON !
2:-If social services are already bothering you or even threatening you CLICK ON ABOVE AND SKIP STRAIGHT TO THE GOLDEN RULES !
3:-If the "SS" have already taken your children or grandchildren skip straight to the golden rules and the list of contacts plus how to represent yourself ,then turn to the section "get your children back" and note the parts that apply in your case.
There are a lot of lunatics and fanatics on the "web".SO Please note that EVERY case I quote has appeared in a national newpaper and all the figures that I feature originate from statistics issued by government bodies or officially recognised government sponsored charities. I draw your attention to facts that are not disputed; though my theories on how we should deal with those facts certainly will be contested by outraged protests from those involved in the highly profitable "care" and "adoption" industries. !
Please note ,I am not a solicitor or barrister but I do have a law degree from Oxford University and advise hundreds of parents every year (free of charge) on how to fight and sometimes win against social services . Right or wrong,just as everyone is entitled to a lawyer to defend them ,everyone is entitled to advice and therefore I give it to any parent who consults me.
IMPORTANT:-I am a businessman with a language school in Monaco and a "home tuition" organisation operating in 30 different countries.See www.regencyschool.com and www.hli.co.uk!! The "SS" have never hurt me my family or my friends,but I hate injustice and hate even more the secret courts that steal children from loving parents.
I first encountered these courts as a Kent County Councillor in 1960-66 applying for the discharge of care orders on behalf of parents in court against my own Council(before the Children Act 1989 stopped lay advisors from doing this) and I never lost a case!(see "History" later on ) That is why I NEVER take any money from parents for expenses or anything else.
I often refund parents "travel expenses" so that PREGNANT women can escape to Ireland(no passports needed) and other European countries where there is NO FORCED ADOPTION.Whatever the facts of the case FORCED ADOPTION is always wrong so I will always help pregnant women to avoid having their babies snatched at birth to feed the ever greedy" adoption industry" When outraged lawyers,judges,and social workers accuse me of "meddling in complex family cases without knowing all the facts" My reply is to repeat once again that FORCED ADOPTION is always wrong no matter what the facts ."Emotional abuse "or worse still "risk of emotional abuse" are concepts met with incredulity on the continent and even when present can never be reason enough to confiscate children and send them for adoption by strangers.Please note I never send money in advance .I REFUND travel expenses to different European countries after the parent's arrival there, and after I have examined court documents,discussed the case with a parent, and been sent a copy of the receipt for travel expenses.
Social workers often grumble that I only listen to one side of the story and that from parents who are not truthful.
That is why a very important point is that after I HAVE SEEN THE POSITION STATEMENT OF THE LOCAL AUTHORITY I START OFF BY ASSUMING EVERY FACT THE SS RELIES ON IS TRUE and then ask myself if even then it justifies breaking up a family . The answer in the sort of cases above that I get when parents contact me is nearly always NO !
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Thousands of families in the UK are broken up every year by UK secret family courts and the equally secret Court of Protection.What is a democracy? It is surely a country allowing the right of its citizens to protest publicly if they feel oppressed by the State; Elections by themselves are no guarantee. Hitler and Stalin were legally elected, but showed themselves up as dictators by suppressing any form of open dissent or protest. In the UK now secret family courts take newborn babies from their mothers for "risk of emotional abuse", give them for adoption by strangers, and JAIL any parent going to the media to protest! Similarly elderly folk are snatched from caring relatives by the court of so called "Protection", and put into expensive private nursing homes, their bank accounts are then looted and houses sold (ejecting their relatives) to pay the fees! If relatives protest to the media they too are JAILED! Restore the right of public protest to victims of UK secret courts right NOW!
BALLOONS AND FAMILY FUN TO PROMOTE FOSTERING
Hundreds of balloons will be released from Slough town centre to mark a special event to launch Slough’s new fostering Allowance Scheme.
Saturday, July 2 will encourage more people to consider becoming foster parents to local children and see the launch of a new fostering allowance of £400 per week.
Despite all these wonderful descriptions of overpaid foster carers, 10,000 children disappeared from care, as you will see from the article below:
Joint Inquiry into Children Who Go Missing from Care
Extract (point 9):
In June 2012, the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Runaway and MissingChildren and Adults and the APPG for Looked-after Children and Care Leavers published the report of their joint inquiry into children who go missing from care.
The report argued that the Government was under-reporting the number of children going missing from care. While the official figure for 2011 was 930, the report argues that, according to police data, an estimated 10,000 individual children went missing. The report cited that this high number was symptomatic of a care system which was far from being fit for purpose and in need of an urgent rethink.
The number of children in care in England has increased slightly from 64,400 last year to 65,520 this year.
Department for Education data shows 27,310 children were taken into care during the year ending 31 March 2011, down from 28,090 the previous year.
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Here's another earlier video of me explaining my position on forced adoption.
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THE REAL CRIMINALS ARE THE JUDGES !!
Well they used to say "Justice must not only be done but must be seen to be done"A cardinal principle of the rule of law.
Modern UK judges have ruthlessly discarded this principle and threaten with "jail for contempt" any person claiming to be the victim of unjust decisions in the private/secret family courts if they dare to protest publicly.
Thes judges are devoted to just one thing :- THE COVER UP !!
PROTECT THE "SYSTEM" AT ALL COSTS
EXAMPLES? Here are three:-
1:- Hundreds of mothers with no criminal records or substance addictions have their babies snatched at birth for “risk of emotional abuse” .If they protest publicly they are threatened with jail for “contempt” by judges concerned only with protecting the “system” by a “COVER UP” of gross injustices to mothers.
2:-Parents involved in both public and private law cases, who have no criminal records or substance addictions are frequently served with orders by judges that they shall not communicate with their own children face to face,by telephone,email,text,or post under pain of imprisonment.Such judges are concerned only with protecting the system by a COVER UP of gross injustices to both children and parents and abuses of children in care.
3:-Elderly persons are declared incompetent by social workers with no medical qualifications so that they can be removed by force from their own homes or those of relatives to be placed in highly expensive care homes ,their own houses sold and their bank accounts looted to pay for their lawyers and their keep.Judges once again issue orders that no details of the plight of these individuals shall be made public.A COVER UP of gross injustices to the elderly;
What excuse do the judges make for the COVER UP ?
WellArticle 10 of the Human Rights Act guarantees freedom of expression,ie Freedom of speech….. However Article 8 guarantees “the right to a private family life undisturbed by public authority”;The legislators clearly intended this last measure to protect the family from interference from the State.Unfortunately, perverse UK judges have turned this measure on its head and used it to protect the State from aggrieved families!They do this by threatening them with jail for violating the privacy of their own children and elderly relatives if they dare to expose the injustices inflicted on them by judges intent on enforcing a COVER UP;
These same judges reveal themselves as hypocrites when they throw “privacy” out of the window by allowing children to be advertised for adoption in the Daily Mirror,”Be my parent,” and similar publications with first names,dates of birth,and colour photos with no regard to the privacy of the children or the distress of parents seeing their children offered to the public for selection like pedigree dogs….
Judges who jail victims of the Court of Protection or the Family courts for protesting publicly about injustices should be jailed themselves for breaching the Human Right of Free Expression of their victims.(Article 10) Judges who are more concerned with protecting their own reputation and the system rather than offering open justice should be locked up for a very long time. Nazi judges at Nuremburg were condemned for much the same reasons; Decisions taken in secret that caused crimes against humanity. UK judges destroy families , new born babies and young children are taken from parents for "risk of emotional abuse", squads of police remove children from their beds at 6am, these children are put with fosterers paid £400+ per week , social workers isolate them from family and friends by confiscating mobile phones and laptops, elderly people are snatched from their family carers , their bank accounts are looted and their houses sold,All this IN SECRET! These judges should be JAILED
Every now and then Parliament debates the treatment of children and parents in the UK and passes new legislation ostensibly to preserve the family unit.
PUNISHMENT WITHOUT CRIME
PUNISHMENT WITHOUT CRIME must be wrong yet literally hundreds of mothers are having their babies confiscated at birth by social workers for “ risk of emotional abuse”.Compliant judges also find “on the balance of probabilities”(51%) that parents have neglected or abused their children or even coached them to make false accusations of abuse against the other parent ! . These judges then rubberstamp social service applications for forced adoption or long term fostercare. Mothers are frequently jailed for contempt of the secret family court if they protest to the media or in any other way publicly that their babies have been taken for no good reason.Other parents with no addictions or criminal records are jailed for merely contacting their own children in defiance of orders made by family court judges.
The National Fostering and Adoption agency founded by two social workers a few years ago was recently sold to Graphite (a tough American company) for £130 million !Adoption agencies ,fostering agencies and fostering families,family court lawyers, social services,and a corps of medical experts together form a billion pound industry that profits from splitting up families instead of reuniting them in accordance with the Children Act 1989.
SOLUTION? FAMILY COURTS SHOULD BE SUBJECT TO CRIMINAL COURT PROCEDURES !
At present parents in family courts can be found “on balance of probabilities (51%)” as a FACT to have injured or neglected, or to be a “risk” to a child even when charges have been dropped .Parents are routinely refused the right to call their own witnesses or to choose their own experts to testify.Children are placed for forced adoption in spite of emphatic opposition from the parents on the decision of magistrates or a judge without a jury.Older children taken into care have mobile phones and laptops confiscated and are isolated from family and friends and ask in vain “what have we done wrong?Any contact with parents is supervised and censored so that no expressions of love “missing you and want you home” are allowed and neither is discussion of “the case”.
CRIMINAL COURTS however rule that those before them are innocent until proved guilty beyond reasonable doubt . Those before them have the right to protest publicly, call witnesses ,medical experts,and a decision by jury in the most serious cases ;
Criminals have the right to make phone calls and receive visitors without censorship and the press can publish details of court proceedings unless State secrets are involved.
If all the above checks and balances of the criminal court applied to the family courts most of the present injustices and unnecessary family breakups would be eliminated..
THE INJUSTICES IN UK FAMILY COURTS:-In the UK newborn babies are routinely removed at birth from non-addictive mothers with no criminal records for "risk of future emotional abuse". Children are also taken because one parent is said to be “a violent partner” even when the violence is verbal .Social Services force couples to separate to keep their children,but even after that the court will frequently rule that there is still a risk and all the children are taken into care. If a child suffers a minor injury or bruise the parents are often deemed to be responsible (guilty unless proved innocent). The parents have the almost impossible task of “proving a negative” on the balance of probabilities (51%) even when there has been no previous history of other injuries. Cluttered houses, absences from school, untidy clothes or failure to engage with professionals can all result in permanent loss of children. The mothers of newborn babies removed from the hospital cannot protest publicly .They risk being jailed for violating the privacy of their own babies if they do !. Grandparents are routinely refused as carers without specified reasons contrary to the Children Act 1989.
Judges in secret family courts closed to the public and parent's family members,( with draconian reporting restrictions for any reporter allowed in) ,order babies to be placed for adoption by strangers on the basis of reports by social workers that rely heavily on hearsay and are often never shown to parents at all plus dire predictions of hired experts who regularly appear in court to forecast the danger parents will be to their children. Adopted children are gone for ever even if injustices are found later. The Human Rights Act gives to all the right to a private life undisturbed by the State, a clause clearly drafted to protect families from an intrusive State. British judges however turn it on its head and say that any public protest by parents who have had children taken is a violation of their own children’s privacy and therefore punishable by imprisonment. Once a child is freed for adoption however hypocritical judges allow privacy to go out of the window as the Daily Mirror and other periodicals are allowed to advertise children “seeking new parents” complete with photographs, birthdates ,and first names making them easily recognizable to neighbours and friends of parents.
Older children taken into care have their mobile phones and laptops confiscated to isolate them from family and friends. Parents are usually at first allowed limited supervised contact sessions providing they sign an undertaking not to discuss "the case" ,the possibility of their children returning home, any abuse by fosterers or social workers (when children complain of this),not to talk any foreign language (even if the children do not speak English very well), and must not be over affectionate and loving ! Completely innocent children are treated worse than murderers and rapists in jail as even the most hardened prisoners under maximum security are allowed to phone out and discuss what they like with visiting relatives without censorship.Even in private law cases once social services back one parent against the other in custody disputes stern judges frequently make orders forbidding all contact with the children for the losing parent;No judge should have the power to do this to any sane parent with no criminal record .Parents breaking such orders have been jailed for up to 3 years for talking to a child,or even sending a birthday card,ringing a doorbell,or waving in the street.Foreign children often on holiday in the UK with their parents are taken into care for a slap or other trivial offence and routinely refused permission to return home to be dealt with by social services in their own countries.
Principal Categories for the abusing of parents and the elderly by the ss:-
1:- Taking babies at birth for "risk of emotional abuse" then given to strangers for forced adoption.
2:-Foreign children forbidden to return home and kept in uk at public expense.
3:- Mother abused by partner who has since left but she still loses children.
4:-Mother has abusive partner so she leaves and finds new gentle partner gets pregnant but loses baby !
5:-One single injury to one child (often due to brittle bones) and parents still lose children to forced adoption
6:- Children in care isolated ,lap tops and mobiles conficated , conversation censored with parents at contact
7:-Judges put "injunctions" on parents jailing them for waving,leaving Xmas cards, speaking to their children, etc
8:-Elderly persons taken from relatives ,put in nursing homes ,house sold ,bank accounts looted !
9:- Parents sign section 20 (voluntary care) on promise of early return of kids that is never kept !
10:-Lawyers (professional losers) and court appointed "experts" who always agree with social workers.
11:-Children have legal right to be heard but guardian "speaks for them " saying they don't want to see parent
12:-Human Rights Act ( 8 ) gives everyone the right to private family life undisturbed by public authority but UK judges jail parents who protest to the media when their children are taken for breaching their privacy!
Why do those responsible act like this? Well birds of a feather flock together!L.J.Thorpe in open court stated that taking a child was a very serious business as the parents were so prejudiced in subsquent proceedings that it was very difficult to obtain the return of a child.
Experts back up social workers who are in turn supported by judges ,guardians and judges as those who live by the system club together to cover up its defects. There is for some also a financial angle as the sale of the National Fostering Agency(founded by two social workers) for £130million indicates reasons for resisting any changes to the system. Some just make a good living ,others make exorbitant profits ! Judges are not corrupt just cautious as overruling social services leaves them open to severe press criticism if anything goes wrong whilst if social services win the case and something goes wrong they take the blame not judges who therefore tend to prefer evidence of social workers to that of parents when the two conflict.
Surely we should return to a system where the family courts are bound by the same rules as the criminal courts which do allow the “accused” to call witnesses, call children, cross examine those giving hostile testimony and benefit from a jury in the most serious cases Also we should forbid the gagging of parents who protest when children are taken and stop controling what parents and children say to each other at contact sessions.
These are radical changes that cannot happen overnight,so what can we demand for the immediate present? There should be an immediate law passed saying that all parents who have not committed a crime against a child should be allowed contact at least once a year with their children whether they have been adopted,put into State care,or are in the custody of the other parent.The real wickedness is to deprive parents and children from contact with each other permanently and THAT MUST STOP !!
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What are the main differences between the UK social workers who are so reviled and those of our continental neighbours who are not?
Punishments without crime.
1:- Forced adoption.Parents who have never hurt children physically can lose them for life !An absurd and "over the top" reaction usually to minor problems.
2:- Babies snatched at birth for “risk of emotional abuse” .
3:-Parents who are gagged (by threats of prison) to prevent them complaining publicly naming themselves and those they believe have wronged them.
4 :-Parents are censored at contact,forbidden to speak any foreign language with their foreign children,and forbidden to mention “the case” or the possibility of coming home.This leaves bewildered children thinking their parents don't want them to come home.
5:- Parents who have never been accused of physically harming their children are often forbidden by injunction from contacting their children and have been jailed for sending Xmas or birthday cards or even waving at them passing by in a car !
6:-The SS often arrive with at least 3 or 4 police in the middle of the night ,wake up the children who have never been in any physical danger, and drag them off screaming for their mothers who they can see forcibly restrained.
7:- The SS confiscate children's mobile phones and laptops to isolate them from family and friends ;unlike murderers and rapists who are allowed phone calls and uncensored visits.
8:- During "contact sessions" conversations between relatives and children are strictly censored.No mention of the case or coming home is allowed or contact is stopped; Foreign languages are forbiden even to foreign children !
These children are thus led to believe their parents do not want them to come home and this can alienate them.
Generally speaking,these are features of British life that rarely if ever occur on the continent
STOP PUNISHMENT WITHOUT CRIME !!
My name is IAN JOSEPHS.I repeat again,UK Social services have never hurt me, my family, or my friends, but their wicked abuse of power has simply shocked me into action!"Forced adoption" too often legally deprives healthy,happy,children from all contact with their loving parents,brothers,sisters,grandparents,and other relatives for the rest of their lives! The UK is the ONLY country in Europe(apart from Croatia and perhaps Portugal) to tolerate "forced adoption" (adoption of children against the will of the parents).
Adoption is a wonderful thing for abandoned and neglected children if it is TRULY VOLUNTARY but is a wicked deed that should be severely punished if forced through the courts against the will and frantic opposition of loving parents.Worse still these parent VICTIMS are ruthlessly gagged !!Yes,here in the UK secret courts jail parents who dare to protest publicly when social workers take their babies at birth and arrange for them to be adopted by strangers.ONLY in the UK and NOWHERE ELSE IN THE WHOLE WORLD do they GAG parents whose children have been" confiscated"Some "lucky" mothers who discovered where their adopted children were living have been jailed for ringing the doorbell,waving at the children in the street, or sending them a Xmas card (three real cases ,and 3 mothers jailed!)on the grounds that they were undermining the forced adoption and committing a breach of the peace
Forgive me if I repeat myself too often in this "exposé" of the "SS" and the family courts,but the average person simply cannot believe that such things happen in "democratic Britain".Well,believe me they do! Repetition is necessary to reinforce your belief !
The UK is the ONLY country in Europe (apart from Croatia and perhaps Portugal) to tolerate the barbaric practice of forced adoption.The severing of all contact FOR LIFE between children and their birth parents .In effect a LIFE sentence without the opportunity of being heard by a jury, often imposed on parents who have committed no crime but who are said to be a risk to their children following predictions by overpaid charlatans working closely with the local authority.
Yes the UK family courts then mete out "PUNISHMENT WITHOUT CRIME" The ONLY people in the UK who are punished without crime are parents whose children have been "confiscated" not by the hundreds but by the thousands; many because they are said to be "at risk" of emotional abuse!. Yes Emotional abuse does exist but it can never be serious enough to justify breaking up a family and giving away children to be adopted by strangers.The Family Courts presume parents once accused by social services, are guilty of abusing or neglecting their children unless they can prove their innocence (which rarely happens !).
Even worse the UK is the ONLY country in the world to GAG parents who wish to protest publicly when their children are taken.
The right of all citizens to protest publicly against what they perceive to be oppression by the State is what separates democracy from tyranny.
Long may it remain so !
Are there really parents who are punished by the State when they have committed no crimes?? YES !!The ONLY people in the UK who suffer this injustice are parents whose children are taken away after so called "experts" make predictions of the future such as "risk of emotional abuse".Most mothers would receive better and fairer treatment from the court if they killed their children (and benefited from the protection of criminal procedure) rather than tangle with the cold ferocity that demolishes 99.75%(judicial statistics) of the unfortunate parents who appear before the stern "establishment" judges sitting in our UK family courts.In other European countries such as France,Spain,and Italy,where "the family" is almost "sacred" they just cannot believe the barbarity of social workers in the UK when they take newborn babies from their mothers for "risk of emotional abuse",a concept completely unknown on the continent .Indeed the whole idea of "emotional abuse" is met with incredulity!
I think perhaps the worst thing in the care system is the way children in the 8-15 age group are treated when they are taken into “care” .Their mobile phones are confiscated and when applicable so are their laptops.They are isolated from their friends,parents,grandparents and even sometimes their siblings.No communication of any kind is permitted and when parents are finally allowed to visit in cold impersonal contact centres all conversation is strictly censored so that no mention can be made of the court case,why they are here and what chances they have of returning home.No complaint by children of sexual or physical abuse by foster families or social workers is allowed.No weeping and no excessive affection can be shown .Any breach of these and countless other rules in the “contact agreement “parents are obliged to sign, and contact will be stopped at once and sometimes for good .These children are treated worse than murderers and rapists in prison because those criminals at least are allowed to make phone calls and can discuss what they like with visitors whilst children who have done nothing wrong can do neither ! No wonder these unfortunate children wonder if they are evil or if they have done something terribly wicked.Only the cold and utterly heartless would inflict such cruel indignities on innocent children.
What about disputes between parents over the custody of their children?(Private law)Only too often the "SS" and Cafcass are brought in,and the consequences are drastic indeed !Judges tend to take the same side and adopt the same attitudes as the "SS". Consequently, the punishment meted out to the losing parent is nothing short of disgraceful.....
The real disgrace however, is not so much the initial conduct of the courts dealing with parents disputes, or disputes by parents with the local authority, as the “aftermath”.Vindictive injuctions are granted forbidding the losing parent( whether mother or father) from all contact with their child or children until those children are 18 year of age. This happens to my personal knowledge to drug and alcohol free parents with no criminal records who have never been accused let alone charged with any criminal act against their children.
Parents have been jailed for sending a birthday card,leaving an Xmas present on a doorstep,waving at children as they passed by in a car, and of course 3 years for Vicky Haig for talking to her daughter at a petrol station even though she had not seen her for a year !
These judges belong to the Victorian age except that instead of hanging thieves they now pick on desperate defenceless non criminal parents who they dislike but who should always be allowed some form of supervised contact no matter what the circumstances .What about “Baby P” you cry??Well believe it or not his witch of a mother has been allowed contact with her surviving children whilst still serving time in jail !
The three essential reforms we need are:-
1:- Freedom of SPEECH for parents AND children at all times.
2:- Final hearings to be heard by JURIES
3:-An end to the Punishment of parents who have not committed any CRIME.
The link below takes you to a typical grandmother who has suffered outrageous persecution from the "SS" but is fighting back ...AND HOW !!
Articles by Christopher Booker of The Sunday Telegraph exposing the truth of the child-snatchers.
- 09 Jun 2012
Social workers display an astonishing contempt
- 03 Mar 2012
We already have unjust secret courts
- 25 Feb 2012
Mum faces jail because her children talked to each other on Facebook
- 28 Jan 2012
Facts about child snatching can be reported in Norway but not here?
- 03 Dec 2011
A wall of secrecy, parents who lost their children are now in jail
- 12 Nov 2011
Our family courts repeat the error that jailed Dreyfus
- 08 Oct 2011
Cameron’s sudden zeal for adoption misses the point.
- 11 Jun 2011
The mystery of Haringey’s missing 'Girl X’ makes a mockery of the Children Act
- 04 Jun 2011
How our judges deny human rights to children taken into care.
The right to family life - invoked to get a burglar out of prison, or a celebrity granted a super-injunction - is denied to many children.
- 02 Jun 2011
A Fathers Nightmare - A bizarre episode involving a father's separation from his children shows up our farcical law, says Christopher Booker.
- May 23 2011
Vicky Haigh saves her baby from the clutches of the social workers.
A British woman has given birth in Ireland to stop Nottinghamshire social workers from seizing her child, says Christopher Booker.
- 30 April 2011
Vicky Haigh flees the babysnatchers
Using parliamentary privilege, John Hemming MP has named renowned jockey and trainer Vicky Haigh as the woman threatened with imprisonment for speaking to him, writes Christopher Booker.
- 19 March 2011
Another 'horrible’ case for you, Mr Loughton.
The scandal of seizures by social workers of children from responsible parents is bigger than the Children's Minister has stated, says Christopher Booker. Read here
- 05 March 2011
Parents denied a voice in court against the child-snatchers.
Lord Justice Thorpe was 'aghast' at the way children had been removed from their parents by a county court. But such outrages are an everyday procedure, says Christopher Booker. Read here
- 12 Febuary 2011
Tim Loughton, the children's minister, slams my 'unhelpful' campaign against the child-snatchers.
The minister responsible, TIm Loughton, does not seem to think that forced adoption is a problem, says Christopher Booker. Read here
- 15 January 2011 A mother's fall causes her to lose her child.
A woman who was temporarily paralysed in a fall had her baby taken into care while she lay in hospital, writes Christopher Booker.
- 18 December 2010
Does this family have human rights?
Social workers persist in their cruel treatment of an innocent family.
- 11 December 2010
Social workers' cruel game with children in care continues.
Why can a mother not be told her children are unavailable before she makes an epic journey to see them. Read here
- 04 December 2010
Child protection: how a cruel council plays its cat-and-mouse game.
One distraught family's experience is typical of our warped system of child protection. Read here
- 27 November 2010
Forced adoptions get no sympathy from the ministry.
While loving families are torn apart, Whitehall insists the system is working fine. Read here
- 20 November 2010
Forced adoption: another win for the child snatchers.
The case of Tony and Debbie Sims illustrates the cruelty of our child protection system. Read here
- 6 November 2010
Refugees flee the tyranny of social workers.
Cyprus has proved a haven for a family fleeing forced adoption.
- 30 October 2010
Child protection: MPs must act on the scandal of seized children.
Britain's child protection system is off the rails, and only the politicians who built it can fix it. Read here
A BRIEF SUMMARY OF OUR AILING FAMILY COURT SYSTEM
Family torn apart in 15-minute court case by Judge James Orrell ...Lord Justice Thorpe said on Appeal "I am completely aghast at this case.There is nothing more serious than a removal hearing,because the parents are so prejudiced in proceedings thereafter.Once you have lost a child it is very difficult to get a child back." The hearing above lasted only 15 minutes after a doctor "expressed the opinion" that bruising in the ear of one of the three children looked as though it was caused by pinching .The parents were not allowed to give any evidence!Their three children had all been forcibly removed until they were ordered to be returned by Lord Justice Thorpe .
(Extract from the TIMES April13th 2010)
"Lord Justice Wall (The Senior family court judge) said that the determination of some social workers to place children in an "unsatisfactory care system" away from their families was "quite shocking".In a separate case on which Sir Nicholas Wall also sat, Lord Justice Aikens described the actions of social workers in Devon as "more like Stalin's Russia or Mao's China than the West
1:- The UK is the ONLY State in the WORLD that gags parents whose children have been taken by social services
2:- The UK is the ONLY State in Europe (except Croatia and possibly Portugal) to permit the horror of "forced adoption".
3:-The UK is the ONLY State in Europe to allow "Punishment without crime" ie the taking of children by social services from sane parents who have not committed any criminal offence.
4:- The UK is the ONLY State in Europe taking children for "emotional abuse" and worse still "risk of emotional abuse"
5:- The UK is the ONLY State in Europe to censor conversations between parents and children in care.They cannot get emotional or discuss the court case.If they do contact can be stopped for good.Children’s mobiles and laptops are confiscated “in care” to isolate them and stop them speaking with parents or friends
All the above practices must be made “illegal” and family courts should be ruled by the criminal court system ,”innocent until proved guilty”and “hearings by jury” before children are taken for ever .
The solution is so simple,"Stop punishment without crime" ! Stop taking children from parents who have not committed any crime and stop jailing parents who complain publicly when their children are taken for no good reason .Horrific crimes are overlooked because damaged children make poor adoption material ;Other parents have their children removed for risk ie they are punished not for something they have done but for something some "expert" (with a crystal ball?) thinks they might do in the future ! Like arresting someone looking in the window of a jeweller's in case they went inside to steal something ! PUNISHMENT WITHOUT CRIME is barbaric and no parents should have their children removed unless they have committed a crime such as being drunk or drugged up in charge of a child or injuring,it or not feeding it for example.Children taken for "risk" ? It's a bad joke and it's the children who suffer.
We should remember the wise words of Hedley J in Re L (Threshold Conditions)  1 FLR 2050:
"Many parents are hypochondriacs, many parents are criminals or benefit cheats, many parents discriminate against ethnic or sexual minorities, many parents support vile political parties or belong to unusual or militant religions. All of these follies are visited upon their children, who may well adopt or 'model' them in their own lives but those children could not be removed for those reasons."
Richard Browning-Smith was hospitalized in 2009 for foot surgery. He spent some time recuperating in Horkesley Manor care home in Essex England, where social workers, without a medical diagnosis, decided he was unable to look after himself. He went to a bus stop on his own to get home, but social workers took him back by force and held him in the dementia unit. His son Richard Jr was out of the country at the time. But on his return, he tried to get his father, still able to solve crosswords and play chess, back home. Social workers complained about the condition of the father's home, so Richard Jr arranged to spend £60,000 on renovations. When Richard took his father home from Horkesley Manor, police arrived to take him back, but as there was no custody order in place, they left without taking dad. But a few weeks later Horkesley Manor completed the legal formalities and retrieved him. A year into the ordeal, Horkesley became the deputy of Richard Sr, what is called a guardian in other places. They got full control of his assets, including his bank accounts. Soon Richard Jr had to pay rent to live in what had been the family home for 50 years and his family heirlooms are in storage waiting to be auctioned.
Richard Jr has fought back through the courts, reaching the European Court of Human Rights. He has also drawn public attention to the case. Two newspaper articles are enclosed. A judge has ordered Richard Jr to avoid naming a council official, court officials or anything to do with the Court of Protection either through the press or social network sites, while warning that violation could result in three to six months in jail. On this coming November 2 the court will conduct a hearing on Richard Jr's capacity to litigate. This is a British procedure for getting rid of recalcitrant opponents by declaring them unfit to conduct their own litigation. A lapdog gets appointed in their place to concede everything the opponent wants. Mr Browning-Smith knows English, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, Latin and French. Doesn't sound incompetent.
This is the familiar story of a child abducted and placed in foster care to justify a claim on the public treasury. In the Browning-Smith case, it is at the other end of life, and the father's estate may be part of the temptation.
Because of the threats against Richard Jr, we won't mention the source for these paragraphs.
Here are some really appalling statistics for you. If a Social Worker decides your child should be taken into care,do you think you stand a chance? Look at these figures from the England and Wales Judicial statistics. Look at 2004′s figures for example when 8,493 applications for a care order were made to the court and only 11, yes I said 11 Care Orders were refused. Great, that means you have a 0.01% chance of winning in court! Why?Because the legal aid solicitors are "professional losers" so the only parents who win are those happy few who sack their lawyers and represent themselves!They at least have a nearly 50-50 chance !
Much better to send children to Foster/Adoptive Hell where they are statistically seven times more likely to be abused and shockingly three times more likely to die during childhood than if they were at home with their natural parents. Of course there are many foster and adoptive families who are doing an excellent job at bringing up their children, but sadly this is a rare phenomenon. For most children, the care system is the last place on earth which could be considered a safe haven (see Hollie Greig case for example.)
CARE APPLICATIONS 2004
APPLICATIONS MADE 8,493
ORDERS REFUSED 11
NO ORDERS 306
ORDERS MADE 7,796
(only 11 times did a judge actually
refuse a care order)
CARE APPLICATIONS 2005
APPLICATIONS MADE 9,146
ORDERS REFUSED 10
NO ORDERS 92
ORDERS MADE 8,849
(only 10 times did a judge actually
refuse a care order)
CARE APPLICATIONS 2006
APPLICATIONS MADE 7,849
ORDERS REFUSED 12
NO ORDERS 289
ORDERS MADE 7,222
(only 12 times did a judge actually
refuse a care order)
CARE APPLICATIONS 2007
APPLICATIONS MADE 8,273
ORDERS REFUSED 23
NO ORDERS 290
ORDERS MADE 7,624
(only 23 times did a judge actually
refuse a care order)
CARE APPLICATIONS 2008
APPLICATIONS MADE 7,640
ORDERS REFUSED 20
NO ORDERS 245
ORDERS MADE 7,077
(only 20 times did a judge actually
refuse a care order)
SOURCE: England and Wales Judicial Statistics
From the law library o congress Republc of Ireland proving the point I think !
Northampton County Council v. ABF and MBF,18 the return of a child to England was refused,
because doing so would have created an adoption without consent of one of the parents. In this decision,
the Court relied heavily on article 41 of the Irish Constitution. It understood article 41 to grant the father
the right to enforce his rights as the natural father in a foreign jurisdiction. The Court believed that this
result was in concert with the protection of the rights of the father and the infant pursuant to article 41.
Baby Ann Judgments of the Irish Supreme Court made on 13 November 2006
We provide links below to the Judgments made by the five Supreme Court Justices in the hearing labelled by the media as the "Baby Ann Adoption" case.
These judgments represent a landmark in family law.
The principle of the case itself is simply that a baby cannot be adopted from a Married Family against the wishes of the parents. What is remarkable and commendable of the majority of the Justices (see Hardiman J., Geoghegan J., Fennelly J) is that they have seized this opportunity to reverse the slippage in the Rule of Law - the established law of the Family - that custom and practice, as exercised in the family law courts, especially the lower courts, has steadily eroded in the past 40 years.