We invite you now to read and sign the petition below to bring this matter to the attention of the government.Thank you for your time and support.
COUNTY COUNCIL MISLEADS PUBLIC WITH ADOPTION BREAKDOWN FIGURES
The Council does not collate and publish adoption breakdown figures for children who have been adopted. The County Council only publishes statistics on adoption breakdowns for the period before a child has been adopted.
Michael Warby, on behalf of Hertfordshire County Council states:
‘Adoption disruption is only recorded for statistical purposes on arrangements that disrupt pre adoption order. The disruption of an adoption arrangement post order is not collated.’
The Council refers to adoption breakdowns as ‘adoption disruptions’.
The consequence of this is that the County’s adoption breakdown figures do not represent the true figure of what is happening with regard to adoption breakdowns.
This is not in the public interest. It conceals the true rate of adoption breakdowns. It deceives the prospective adopter into thinking that the prospects of a successful adoption are better than they are. It fails to acknowledge those parents who have been through an adoption disruption. It removes scrutiny from Social Workers who may share some responsibility for those breakdowns where the child has been adopted.
There can only be one reason for not publishing total breakdown figures and that is this allows the Council to present a better picture of adoption success rates than is actually happening. The Council does not provide the statistics of post adoption figures under Freedom of Information requests.
We pay Council Staff to represent our interests. We do not pay them to hide information and deceive us. Staff who devise schemes to hide information are working neither in the public nor the Council’s interest. We do not need council staff who devise schemes like this. This is a face of bureaucracy which has no place in today’s world.
Hertfordshire County Council’s recent published ‘adoption disruption’ figures are cited as:
2013-2014 – 0
2014-2015 – 1
2015-2016 – Data not yet published
An innocent member of the public reading these figures would very reasonably think that Hertfordshire had no adoption breakdowns, at any level, in 2013 to 2014. This is NOT the case.
What we need is a mandatory recording of all adoption breakdowns. This information is readily and easily available.
The fact that the Council does not want to publish this information can only mean one thing – social workers are afraid of scrutiny, and this leads to an organization with a limited capacity to learn.
When will they stop demonising the parents during disruption to protect themselves and when will the government do something about it ? I am still receiving countless emails to this effect. You only have to read the public stories in this site to see this is the case.
WHAT, HOW AND WHEN?
If you are willing to take part, thinking about it, and/or have any questions, please can you get in touch with me at: email@example.com.
Thank you for reading this and hope you get in touch. Clare.
Claire – thank you for letting me do this.
This is a genuine email from someone who has contacted the website raising the same issue about adopting post disrupting. There is an extremely serious issue at heart here . Local Authorities will simply NOT allow a parent who has disrupted (post adoption order) to adopt again. However they will not say this to their face and follow the farcical procedures of pretending to examine them as a potential adopter again with the same end result – a series of reasons at the end of it why they may not. My local authority will simply not tell me how many adopters who disrupted have gone on to successfully adopt again – why not?
It must be a very easy figure to ascertain. They said I would have to pay the LA £450 for them to reveal this information. What a ridiculous response and an evident diversion away from the truth.
Adopting post disruption and treatment by LA’s handling this subject is a human rights issue, and one that refuses to go away. Discrimination to protect themselves?
Contact me or share this story if you know someone willing to speak up and tell me about their positive second time round adoption story.
here’s the same story repeated to me regularly from genuine parent…
‘however it seems we are now facing being discriminated against even though the breakdown was because of social services and not us.
I think Edward Timpson Department for Education, Ministerial and Public Communications may be the only person who can help further financial support for http://www.adoptiondisruptionuk.com and further the campaign to change the current nature of the Care Order to protect parents post adoption disruption. I have emailed him today 26.5.15 I will let you know when I hear back.