Sunday, May 2, 2010

Got No Heart, Part 3

At the end of Part 2, we saw how, in the UK, secret court proceedings send government agents to take your baby from you, essentially as the baby is born, based on unsubstantiated accusations from government officials - officials whose agency gets more money for facilitating more adoptions. And if you dare to say something about it, you go to prison.

We now continue reviewing How social services are paid bonuses to snatch babies for adoption dated January 31, 2008:

As High Court judge Mr Justice Munby told MPs last year: "It seems quite indefensible that there should be no access by the media, and no access by the public, to what is going on in courts where judges are, day by day, taking people's children away."

However, it is not only secretive and publicly unscrutinised family courts that are creating an injustice in our adoption system.

There is a more worrying factor involved. Look at the official figures. Why are they so high? Is it really true that more mothers are becoming potential killers or abusers?

Or are the financial bonuses offered to councils fuelling the astonishing rise in forced adoptions?

John Hemming, a Liberal Democrat MP campaigning to change the adoption system, said yesterday: "I have evidence that 1,000 children are wrongly being seized from their birth parents each year even though they have not been harmed in any way.

"The targets are dangerous and lead to social workers being over-eager."


"The system's secrecy hides any wrongdoing. One has to ask if a mother is expected to have problems looking after her baby, why doesn't the State help her instead of taking her child away?"

Oh, the system's secrecy hides more wrongdoing that one might think. When caught and brought into court, these government officials will plead guilty to being overeager due to funding concerns.

But what is really happening...?

The MP's concerns are echoed by the Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services (AIMS), a body which advises new mothers.

Spokeswoman Beverley Beech insists: "Babies are being removed from their mothers by social workers using any excuse.

"We strongly suspect this is because newborns and toddlers are more easily found homes than older children. They are a marketable commodity."

And that is what it boils down to - Human Trafficking.

UK government entities are stealing babies from their parents at birth, and essentially selling those babies to the highest bidder.

The only thing needed to prove this allegation is an investigation showing some kind of kickback - a money flow from a family that wants a child to a government official that helped acquire a child.

"I know of social workers making up stories about innocent mothers simply to ensure their babies are put up for adoption.

"Suitable babies are even being earmarked when they are still in the womb.

"One baby was forcibly removed in the maternity ward by social workers before the mother had even finished the birth process and produced the placenta."

Her words may be emotive. But are they true? Six months ago, I wrote an article about a young couple - who must remain anonymous because of family court law - fighting for the return of their three-year-old daughter.

She was taken within weeks of birth and is about to be adopted.

Astonishingly, a judge has issued a Draconian order gagging them from revealing anything, to anyone at all, which could identify their daughter until her 18th birthday in 2022.

Immediately after the article was published, I heard from 35 families whose children were forcibly removed.

The letters and e-mails continue to arrive - coming from a wide range of families across the social classes (including from a castle in the heart of England).

Needless to say, the government denies any wrongdoing. From Forced adoption claims dismissed dated the very next day, February 2, 2008:

The Children's Minister Kevin Brennan has denied claims that young children are being taken into care by local authorities to meet adoption targets.

Mr Brennan has written to two national newspapers to say there has never been any financial incentive for councils to meet national adoption targets.

The claims surfaced over the case of a baby in Nottingham placed into care just hours after being born.

Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming has accused the council of baby-stealing.

No financial incentive

In a letter to The Times and The Daily Mail, Mr Brennan says there were national adoption targets designed to place more children in care into loving, family homes.

But, he writes, "they ended in 2006; and there was never a financial incentive for local authorities to meet these national targets".

Mr Hemming told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that, "there remain differential funding streams, so effectively the local authority are put under pressure to drive things towards adoption."

The Children's Minister (there's an Orwellian-sounding title for an Orwellian story) denies financial incentives, but MP Hemming points out there are fiscal pressures nonetheless.

In another example from January, 2009, the mother of a child was a recovering heroin addict, however, the grandparents wanted to adopt the child. The ruling was that the grandparents were too old, so the child was adopted out to two gay men:

The mother of two children who are being adopted by gay men even though their grandparents want to care for them wept yesterday as she told of her final meeting with her son and daughter.

'I told them, "Listen, Mummy is not going to see you for a while",' she said. Her son replied: 'But Mummy, I want to come and stay with you and Granny and Grandad.'

The row over the future of the five-year-old boy and four-year-old girl intensified yesterday after the Daily Mail revealed details of the heartbreaking case. Their grandparents spent two years fighting for the right to care for the children, whose 26-year-old mother is a recovering heroin addict. She desperately wanted her parents to look after them.

But social workers said their ages – he is 59 and she is 46 – and their health – he has angina and she is diabetic – ruled them out.

Finally, some relatively good news. From 'Stalinist' social workers 'took children from loving mothers'

Social workers behaved like officials in 'Stalin's Russia or Mao's China' in attempting to remove children from loving mothers, senior judges have said.

They warned that social workers in two separate cases tried to put children in foster care without giving their mothers a proper chance to prove they were fit parents.

Their actions risked fuelling public perceptions that social workers are 'arrogant and enthusiastic removers of children from their parents', Lord Justice Wall said.

In one case, Devon County Council was attempting to remove a baby from his teenage mother because social workers believed she had a habit of forming relationships with dangerous men.

But Lord Justice Aikens warned that social workers were effectively saying to the mother: 'Whatever you may do doesn't make any difference - we are going to take your child away.'

He added: 'That is more like Stalin's Russia or Mao's China than the West of England - that is the impression you give.'

In a separate case, Lord Justice Wall criticised the 'shocking' failure of social workers in the London borough of Greenwich to support a mother seeking to break free from an abusive relationship to win back her two children, who are in care.

He said the case would do little to dispel the public perception of social workers in care proceedings as 'trampling on the rights of parents and children' while removing youngsters into 'an unsatisfactory care system'.

"Big Government" seeking to become "Big Brother" is "Government Out of Control"; for a typical problem, even well-intentioned and honest government is more often part of the problem than part of the solution. Add in corruption, and Big Government becomes Big Organized Crime.

Big Brother

They'll tear out your heart, throw it knee-deep in a gut
'cos that's what they do with the scum like me and you
And you feel as if you died, moisture standing on the line
And you wonder all the time why can't you cry?
But the people in control don't care for you
Say you're just a robot with a job to do
And when your use is exhausted, they'll be rid of you
As soon as look at you, go to the back of the queue!


His eyes are dull, they stole his soul
They left him to rot in some stinking cancelled hole
Where they keep him doped on beer and hopes
Of television dreams he's living on the screens
He knows something that he used to believe in
That was: Every human being should have his freedom
But while his dungeon had to wait to show him
He should be more useful, as they broke into his skull

As George Washington said:

"Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master."

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