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.
Posting on behalf of Jenny for her conference talk
I am emailing to ask for your help in gaining responses to a survey I am carrying out regarding adoption disruption/breakdown.
I have been asked to speak about this topic at an upcoming conference for Social Workers and feel I owe it to the thousands of adoptive families out there to do this topic the justice it deserves. As an adoptive parent myself I understand just how important this subject is and I hope to be able to share as much information as possible with those attending the conference.
This is the link to the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/T2QDP2Q
If you need any further information then please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Tel; 01384 253111 / 07870 602296
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for reading this and hope you get in touch. Clare.
Claire – thank you for letting me do this.
How long will it be before the Government acknowledges that Children’s Services are not only letting down the children in their care but the parents who adopt them? Children’s Services is in a shambolic state and needs far wider investigation than the government has yet ventured. The Social workers are poorly educated; departments pass the buck conveniently from one to another; Heads of Social Services are totally lacking integrity; the formal complaints process is farcical, and there appears to be no one in charge; even Chief Executives fail to respond or accept any wrong doing. With a system like this is it any wonder Children’s services is being run into the ground. Children’s services never accept culpability for their own failings and in the long run this will be their undoing…..They fail children and parents alike.
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 am sharing the article published by Grazia in South Africa – it doesn’t wholly reflect my story. I am discovering that it’s probably best to tell my story in my own words in future to the press ! however it does raise awareness about adopting damaged children and the subsequent Adoption Disruption which occurs and Care Orders which as you know I am passionate about changing and is the only reason why I went public with my story. Thank you South Africa for your support.