We are asking you to sign our petition because we believe that adoption and special guardianship can provide the love, belonging and family that are every child’s birthright – but that many of our children do not have. We do our very best for our children, and we would like to see legal reform that is adapted to the social changes that have occurred – to better support modern adoption, special guardianship, kinship care and all families where children struggle with social emotional and behavioural problems, which have such a tremendous impact on family life – and as a result of this, where children may have to live apart from their family.
Here are 10 good reasons to sign:
- So that no parent or special guardian who is under great duress because of the challenges of their parenting/caring role is frightened to seek help. See our Special Guardians and Adopters Together Interim Report 6th March 2018
- So that help seeking results in help – not in parents being investigated as part of the problem. See this article
- So that young people like Jake don’t get trapped in care, against their wishes with no models for rehabilitation and no commitment shown by those with a duty of care to work towards it – see this article
- So that young people like Ali don’t go from one foster care placement to the next, eventually rejecting parents, family and their own faith/religion, which has not been supported in the foster care placements. See this article
- So that anxiety related school refusal is not considered an issue of ‘parental capacity’, especially with a child who may well have been removed from their birth family and taken from school. See this article
- So that loving mothers striving to do their best for their children are treated with kindness, instead of condemnation, blame and suspicion. See this post
- So that positive action is the result of help seeking and trying to work with children’s services – not formal complaints – 146 formal complaints were made by the 389 respondents of our survey. See our Interim Report on Adoptive Parent/ Carer stress
- So that special guardian’s like Naomi are not abandoned after the Special Guardian Order is made – see this article
- So that autistic children taken into care can be supported at a distance by loving birth parents, adoptive parents, special guardians and kinship carers, who understand what their child’s needs are through years of parenting. See this article
- So that families where children are violent to parents because of previous traumas can achieve whole family support. See this article
Changes to Children Act 1989
Urgent action is required to give more rights & protection to parents/carers & also vulnerable children in care
Sections 20 & 31 of Children Act are currently unworkable, resulting in a care crisis. We call on government to take urgent action to make changes to legislation & guidance to protect the parenting/caring role from a distance by:
A more humane ethical family centred approach where birth & adoptive parents & special guardians can be seen as part of the solution & not part of the problem, in striving to do their best caring for their children.
Safeguarding vulnerable children with new legislation & legal frameworks that also supports parents/carers when children are ‘beyond parental control’ which may be related to poor mental health, disabilities, early life trauma, abuse or neglect.