Imagine what it is like to parent or care for a very special child who been so hurt and damaged that a smile might be interpreted as mockery, or who can never accept a comforting hug because physical contact is too threatening and overwhelming. A child that has off the scale anxiety levels and no sense of self worth at all. A child that challenges and struggles to accept the care we offer, pushing us to our limits.
Welcome to our world.
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.
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.