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PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2017 10:17 am 
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Part 1 of Julija Stepanenko's article is now also on SaveYourChildren, under a different title:

Julija Stepanenko:
Scores of Latvian Children Deprived of their Families in Foreign Countries (Part I)
SaveYourChildren, 23 desember 2017

  

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Julija Stepanenko:
Latvia’s inspiring campaign against forced adoptions
(Part 2)

Sunday Guardian, 30 December 2017

"Latvia’s law on the protection of the rights of minors abroad sets a global precedent, and paves a legal route towards redressing the draconian child-confiscation policies of the Nordic nations and of Britain."

"It was primarily Laila Brice’s case that provoked a strong response from the Saeima (Latvian Parliament), which on 28 January 2016 unanimously adopted the “Declaration on the Protection of the Rights of Minor Latvian Nationals in Foreign Countries”."

"The Latvian Government offers some legal aid to Latvian parents facing removal of their children abroad. Both the Latvian Ministry of Justice and their Ombusdman, whose remit includes child welfare, have issued public notices warning of Latvian children being removed from their parents and placed in new homes by foreign authorities, especially in Britain, Ireland, Norway and Germany. The Ombudsman’s notice is displayed in the airports. Parents are told to contact the Latvian embassy for assistance as early as possible in such cases."

"The Ombusdman’s notice on Norway and Britain warns that investigations into families can be opened on the report of a neighbour."

"The Latvian Government has also set up a high-level Working Group to protect the interests of Latvian minors abroad in child protection cases. The Ministers of Justice, Foreign Affairs and Welfare are part of this group."

"All countries experiencing this issue with their minors abroad should come together on a common platform."

  

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Sunday Guardian's introduction to the second part of Julija Stepanenko's article:

This week in Global Child Rights and Wrongs, run in collaboration with http://www.saveyourchildren.in, we present the second and concluding part of Latvian Member of Parliament Julija Stepanenko's article on her government's efforts to retrieve children of their immigrants confiscated by foreign child protection services (CPS). Julija Stepanenko is at the forefront of these effort. Latvia has done ground-breaking work on this issue, notably the adoption by their Parliament of a Declaration on Latvian Minors Abroad, which sets out the basis in international law for intervention by the country of origin in foreign CPS cases. Detailed materials on the Parliamenyary debate on the Declaration and the Latvian authorities' public awareness drive, legal aid and consular assistance on this matter will be posted on http://www.saveyourchildren.in tomorrow.
  
  

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 Post subject: Re: Several articles expected in the Sunday Guardian in Indi
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Part 2 of Julija Stepanenko's article is now also on SaveYourChildren, under the title

Scores of Latvian Children Deprived of their Families in Foreign Countries (Part 2) – Latvia Fights Back for its Children
SaveYourChildren, 2 January 2018

  

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Nandita Chaudhary & Heidi Keller:
Universal child-care laws undermine cultural diversity
Sunday Guardian, 6 January 2018

"Every community has its own cultural ethos, and its own specific models of care-giving. The universal ideas of child care prescribed by Attachment Theory have little practical relevance outside the West."

Dr Nandita Chaudhary taught in the University of Delhi for more than three decades;
Dr Heidi Keller is Professor Emeritus at Osnabrück University, Germany, and Director of Nevet at Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel
  

"Attachment Theory has gained much popularity in the “scientific” study of childhood and has impacted child policy, parenting and education the world over. We argue that it is a major flaw of Attachment Theory not to take into account the historical and cultural diversity in beliefs and practices related to children’s care.
    Families all over the world value children and try to do their best for them, yet the expression of care and love is different in different cultures. This is necessary, because care practices are delicately adapted to the ecological conditions and social history of any given community."


"Children for their part display an acute ability to adjust to different conditions and thrive under very diverse settings. Attachment Theory fails to accept this variability. It promotes the normative view that a baby must form an attachment with the constant presence of the mother, who is advised to dedicate her full attention and time to loving and caring for her baby in order for it to develop well."

"Although Attachment Theory is obviously promoting ideas about parenting and child development that are in stark contrast to what the majority of the world’s population thinks and believes, it has become extremely powerful on account of the moral and cultural claims of being the best way to bring up children. Once it was adopted by international NGOs, the theory became the basis of intervention programmes worldwide.
    Children’s development is considered as isolated from social context in documents like the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. This is predicated upon the notion of the individual as separate from society and human or child development as separate from culture. When we accept these as “universal principles”, there is an overestimation of the role of science based on a Western philosophy of individualism. When such rules are accepted as binding, local cultural practices are undermined. Global policy presents a globalised view of childhood without acknowledging that it is conceptualised only in Euro-American ideology. We need to keep a critical vigilance on any policy that impacts the cultural lives of others to ensure that ethical boundaries are not being crossed."


  

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Sundasy Guardian's introduction to Nandita Chaudhary & Heidi Keller's article:

In this installment of Global Child Rights and Wrongs, run in collaboration with www.saveyourchildren.in, experts question the application of Attachment Theory in the field of child development. Attachment Theory is a key tenet of modern child protection thinking. Child protection agencies are removing babies and toddlers by judging the attachment with a parent (usually the mother) to have "failed" based on such things as whether the baby eeks eye contact with persons other than the mother (seen as evidence of an unloving mother), how the parent interacts with the child, whether the parent has a calm or volatile personality, the IQ of the parent, and so on. In countries like the United Kingdom and Norway, a large proportion of child removals are for such flimsy reasons, which come under the rubric of risk of "future emotional harm" or "Attachment Disorder".

  

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Nandita Chaudhary & Heidi Keller's article is now also on SaveYourChildren, under the title

Is Attachment Theory Always Reliable as a Measure of Child Welfare?


SaveYourChildren's introduction:

"In this paper experts from two very different parts of the world, India and Germany, question the application of Attachment Theory in the field of child development. Attachment Theory has become extremely powerful on account of its moral and cultural claims to providing the best way to bring up children. Once it was adopted by international NGOs, Attachment Theory became the basis of intervention programmes worldwide. But Chaudhary and Keller argue that we are bound to recognise that variety and diversity in styles of caregiver-infant behaviour is the human condition. They point out various settings in which the universalising methods and practices of Attachment Theory would not apply and would lead to an incorrect evaluation of there being something wrong with the attachment bond between a parent and child. While the need for parental love and care is universally recognised, the expression of this love and care varies and Attachment Theory fails to account for this variation, even in the West.

This paper has important insights for child protection today as Attachment Theory is a key tenet of modern child protection thinking. Child protection agencies are removing babies and toddlers by judging the attachment with a parent (usually the mother) to have ‘failed’ based on such things as whether the baby seeks eye contact with persons other than the mother (seen as evidence of an unloving mother), how the parent interacts with the child, whether the parent has a calm or volatile personality, the IQ of the parent, and so on. In countries like the United Kingdom and Norway a large proportion of child removals are for such flimsy reasons, which come under the rubric of ‘risk of future emotional harm’ or ‘Attachment Disorder’."

  

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Mrutyaunjai Mishra:
Europe’s forgotten children and a human-rights crisis
Sunday Guardian, 13 January 2018


"When it comes to human rights it is often the West that accuses the rest of the world of violations. We seldom see a concerted effort by Asian, African and Middle Eastern countries to demand a scrutiny of how Western European nations treat their citizens.
    It is time to bring some focus on the forgotten European children abducted by social service authorities. These children are sent to foster carers who bring them up without allowing any connection with their biological parents. This is a clear violation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child which most Western European and other countries of the world have signed.
    Sweeping powers have been granted to public authorities like Barnevernet in Norway, Socialstyrelsen in Sweden and Socialforvaltningen in Denmark."


"This comes from a particularly aggressive version of feminism that sees all filial ties, even motherhood, as socially constructed to foster patriarchy and keep women confined to the home. According to this ideology, both women and children in the family are oppressed—women by male dominance, and children by parental authority (itself seen as a patriarchal concept). The state is given wide powers to supersede the parents with the intention of “saving” the child from them. But the result of these wide powers has been that too often state authorities take children without justification. Since they target mostly poor and uneducated parents or immigrants unaware of the system, such parents find it difficult to fight back."

".... Daniel Dencik, a film director and famous author has written a book, Anden person ental (Second Person Singular), about the enormous power social authorities have in Sweden and Denmark. Daniel Dencik lost contact with his two children and has not seen them for several years after he was accused of being violent. He was cleared of all accusations but contact with his children is still not established."

".... parents of immigrant background are often accused of slapping their children or of some other violence, and without proof children are removed from their custody. After six months the children, who are fed candy and kept away from their biological parents, refuse to come back to them.
    This happens very often, and she felt that none of the Swedish media would write about it as there is consensus among journalists that Sweden treats its migrants magnificently—the best in Europe. The narrative that dominates the Swedish media is how other countries treat their migrants in a despicable manner."


"In the eyes of the world, Scandinavian countries figure as the “happiest” countries in the world, but there are stories that no one writes. Very little attention is given to issues of children being systematically stolen by the state and forced to live with foster carers. This is a human-rights crisis in Scandinavia of which the world needs to be made aware."

  

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Sunday Guardian's introduction to Mrutyaunjai Mishra's article:

In this edition of Global Child Rights, and Wrongs, run in collaboration with http://www.saveyourchildren.in, we have an Indian journalist based in Copenhagen reporting on systematic wrongful removal of children from their families by social welfare agencies in Denmark, Norway and Sweden. These agencies were conceived with the idea of helping vulnerable families, especially mothers and children. But Mrutyaunjai Mishra argues that they have come to be dominated by an aggressive, racist and anti-family version of feminism that unfairly targets poorly educated Scandinavians, immigrant communities and recently, fathers.

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