*waves hands around ineffectually*
It is absolutely mind-boggling that despite the masses of data demonstrating that adoptees fare far better when they’re not completely cut off from THEIR OWN families, that the UK Government is going against this.
One can only imagine that this is – as in America – spurred on by those adopters who would far rather own the kid/s they’re raising, and pretend that we truly are “as if born unto”, negating entirely that we actually do spring forth from SOMEONE ELSE’S loins, and attempting to mold their captive… sorry, adoptee into their own image.
Why? We’ve already demonstrated that this is massively harmful to the adoptee, and does nothing but add to the trauma that adoptees already face by being severed from THEIR OWN families.
At a time when the internet seems to be filled with the news of increased contact for birth parents, this latest revelation not only sits uncomfortably with the current status quo (that of widening a child’s connection to their genetic legacy) but also seems, for now, highly punitive and reminiscent of the strange double standards we see too often in the family justice system.
What are we talking about? Well, the government hopes to unveil new reforms which will give the courts the power to prevent biological parents from contacting their children, for example through internet sites like Facebook and other social media websites.
Even more startlingly, the new reforms will include the presumption that there should be no ongoing contact once the child has been adopted and will only be overturned in ‘exceptional circumstances’, which would require the birth parents to make a ‘convincing case’ that their…
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