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The second part of Vivianna Graham's article on SaveYourChildren, together with and under the same title as that of Part 1:

And then, Child Protection Services took my baby away
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Ian Josephs:
The Swinging Sixties marked the onset of forced adoptions
(Part 1)

Sunday Guardian, 3 February 2018

"Up until then the adoption and fostering industries fed off “illegitimate” children who had always been sent away to be fostered or adopted. But by 1962, with the advent of the Beatles, that source dried up as women began to keep their babies, whether married or not."

"There was no further involvement from me in helping parents until 2003 when a scandal broke in the UK about parents falsely accused of the murder of babies that died of natural causes and others that were adopted against the will of their mothers.
    I wrote a letter to the Daily Mail in the UK saying that things seemed worse now than when I was involved back in the Sixties. After my letter came out, the Mail forwarded me letters from around fifty mothers claiming their babies had been snatched at birth by Social Services for “risk of future harm” and asking for my help!"


"I was horrified to find out that new laws had been passed in 1976 legalising adoption without parental consent. Even worse, in 1989 the law began allowing adoption if children were deemed “not” to have actually been harmed but merely to be “at risk of future emotional harm”. Even newborn babies were being taken at birth on this dubious ground."

"Escaping to Ireland is easiest because no passports are needed if you arrive on the ferry from the UK. The disadvantage is the UK authorities may go to the Irish courts demanding the baby’s return to the UK. It is safer to flee to France, but parents find it difficult to get work if they do not speak French. So mothers escaping to France need support from their family or partner back home. Northern Cyprus is 100% safe as the UK and EU countries have no diplomatic relations with Northern Cyprus since the Turkish occupation there 50 years ago. But mothers need cash to live in Northern Cyprus as there are no “benefits” there."

Ian Josephs is a British businessman and philanthropist based in Monaco. He runs a website called www.forced-adoption.com to help families targeted by child protection services in the UK.

    

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Sunday Guardian's introduction to Part 1 of Ian Josephs' article:

The protection of orphaned or deprived children has always been seen as one of the duties of the state. What distinguishes modern Western child protection is that it extends its scope to children who have families and are not necessarily materially deprived. Child protection services with the authority to confiscate children from so-called "bad" families, is the result of this thinking. Today, the need for this form of state supervision of family life is presented, especially to the Third World, as a self-evident and universal moral imperative to which the world had until now been blind owing to misguided ideas about the sanctity of the family. But in this essay, part of Global Child Rights and Wrongs, Ian Josephs gives us a glimpse into the rise of modern child protection which reveals that it arose as a response (and as it turned out a tragically mistaken one) to a very specific Western situation that reached its apotheosis in the cultural revolution of the '60s. Whether or not that revolution was bad for children is a subject for another time, but what we in India need to understand when presented by Western "experts" with "best practices" and "global" standards for child welfare, is that they do not necessarily reflect a universal situation or disinterested moralising about child welfare. What the West advocates to us as an example of its higher principles, may in fact be covering up for problems concerning children that the West has created for itself. No doubt we in India have our own problems regarding children, but we must think independently about how to address them, learning from the mistakes of the West, and not adopting whatever desperate and misconceived measures they take in response.
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Ian Josephs' article is now also on SaveYourChildren, under the title

All you need is love, except when the State judges families
(Part 1)



SaveYourChildren's introduction:

"All you need is love, except when the State judges families. English family court judgements confiscating children from their parents often have the chilling observation that there is no doubt the parents love and mean well by their child but the child is better off without them nonetheless. We at SaveYourChildren.In have seen many UK cases, including of Indian families, where children have been taken for forced adoption under judgements that bizarrely offer a testament to the parents’ and children’s love for each other, even while separating them forever. So insignificant is love in the equation that children are removed from admittedly loving parents even when there is no actual abuse or neglect, just the “risk” of it in the dubious and speculative assessment of the case worker.
    In this essay we are proud to present British philanthropist Ian Josephs on his work helping families targeted by UK Social Services. In this first part of a two-part essay, Ian Josephs makes the unexpected suggestion that today’s grim and severe child protection services are the product of that happiest and most carefree of times – the Swinging Sixties!"


  

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Ian Josephs:
In the UK, forced adoptions are backed by big money
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Sunday Guardian, 10 February 2018

"The system of forced adoptions, built on a corrupt child-care code, has thrived in the United Kingdom because it has proved immensely profitable for the thousands of officials and agencies involved in it."

"By the time I founded my website on forced adoption in 2003, the snatching of children to feed the highly profitable forced adoption industry was in full swing and largely running out of control. Nearly all adoptions in the UK are forced on distressed, low income parents who fight in vain in family courts trying to retain their children but rarely succeeding. Many millions of pounds are made by fostering and adoption agencies and “special private schools”. Much of this money trickles down to the social workers, lawyers, judges, and so called “experts” in the system.
    Judges in the family courts rubberstamp the demands of social workers that these children be adopted or permanently fostered by strangers."


"One of the most notorious perhaps was that of a pregnant Italian lady who came over from Italy to take a test for a job with an airline. She passed the test with flying colours and checked into a hotel at Heathrow, intending to fly home next day. She then had a violent dispute over her bill at the hotel ending with her being “sectioned “and taken by force into a mental home. There she was drugged for some months and eventually forced under a court order to have a C-section to which she did not consent! ..... Her baby was placed with adoptive parents and she was sent back to Italy, never to see him again."

"Social workers took the girl away and refused to return her after her father came back. They phoned up a bit later asking for her dental records, saying she needed work done on her teeth. It was only later that evening that the police came and revealed the truth to the parents—they needed her dental records to identify her since she had been burned to death beyond recognition when her young social worker crashed her car into a tree killing them both."

"10% of adoptions are to same-sex couples even though they represent only 2-3% of the total couples in the UK. Bewildered babies and young children are taken from the mum they love to be in the care of “two daddies”. In one recent case where this happened, the gay adoptive father murdered the baby - "

"Public protest is being suppressed. If parents dare to protest publicly identifying themselves and their children they face jail for “breaching the privacy” of the baby or young child! A former UK Home Secretary (Harriet Harman) released the only statistic we have on this matter when she said over 200 parents a year were being jailed for speaking out.
    Children are also forced to keep quiet."


"The system grew because having children when unmarried ceased to be a disgrace by the ’60s and ’70s, so mothers kept those children and the pool of “unwanted” children that the foster care and adoption system thrived on dried up. Social Services had to resort to snatching children from loving but imperfect parents desperate to keep them. The system is likely to stay that way for a long time as those who are making a fortune from it protect their interests."
  
  

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Sunday Guardian's introduction to Part 2 of Ian Josephs' article:

In today's installment of Global Child Rights and Wrongs, run in collaboration with http://www.saveyourchildren.in, we present the second and concluding part of British philanthropist Ian Josephs' work helping families targeted by UK child protection services. The first part of this essay was published last week with the title "The Swinging Sixties marked the onset of forced adoptions". In this part, Josephs explains how wide powers given to Social Services and commercial interests in the care system have led to widespread unjustified child removals, especially of the children of immigrants and low income families.

  

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Ian Joseph's article Parts 1 and 2 together are now also on SaveYourChildren:

All you need is love, except when the State judges families (Part I & II)

  

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Mrutyuanjai Mishra:
A tragic tale of loss from the world’s ‘happiest’ country
Sunday Guardian, 17 February 2018

"Kozue, a Japanese immigrant to Denmark, was separated from her seven-week-old daughter by the Child Protection Services of that country. This happened four years ago, and the two still live apart."

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"She had only been in Denmark for three years, and her daughter had just been born. At the crucial meeting she was told things in Danish which she hardly understood and given a paper with complicated language to sign. Feeling under pressure she signed as directed without really understanding anything.
    Before she realised what she had agreed to, her daughter, just seven weeks old, was taken away and given in custody to a Danish foster family. Kozue’s daughter is now four years old."


"At each dearly awaited meeting, the foster family demands that she speak only in Danish or English with her daughter. There is no respect for the fact that she as a mother wants to communicate in a language in which she is fluent, and that her daughter has a right to know her mother tongue, Japanese. Kozue feels under surveillance at these meetings, with no privacy."

" Sadly, Kozue’s husband turned out to be violent. She ran away from him while still pregnant, taking refuge in a women’s crisis centre (Kvindernes Krisecenter). Little did she know that she was walking into a trap.
    Kozue gave birth while living in the crisis centre. It is then that the CPS made contact with her. They started writing reports against her in Danish and barging into her room at all hours."


"“No social network” is often given by CPS in Scandinavia as a reason for finding single mothers unfit to parent. This was Kozue’s only fault, that as a foreigner, with her marriage to a Dane broken down, she had no network in Denmark."

  

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

In today's instalment of Global Child Rights and Wrongs, run in collaboration with http://www.saveyourchildren.in, we have another article by Mrutyuanjai Mishra about a Japanese mother in Denmark who was forced to leave her Danish husband while pregnant, owing to his violent behaviour. She approached the authorities for help only to have her baby snatched within weeks of birth. Sadly, this is an oft-repeated pattern in Western countries with child protection services confiscating babies from single mothers who have been victims of domestic violence. Though encouraged by the system to report abuse by a partner, once they do so, they find themselves the target of child protection investigations that end with their children being taken away, especially if they are immigrants, impoverished or otherwise vulnerable.

  

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Mrutyuanjai Mishra's article is now also on SaveYourChildren, under the title:

Denmark state welfare agencies punish vulnerable immigrant mother instead of helping her


SaveYourChildren's introduction:

We bring you in this article a too-common tale from Western countries of mother-and-baby shelters spying out vulnerable mothers to remove their babies instead of helping them. Very often such women have fled with their children from domestic violence in the home only to find their children removed by the very authorities they turn to for help. Though encouraged by the system to report abuse by a partner, once these mothers do so, they find themselves the target of child protection investigations that end with their children being taken away, especially if they are immigrants, impoverished or otherwise disadvantaged. This article was originally published in the Sunday Guardian on 17 February 2018 with the title A tragic tale of loss from the world’s ‘happiest’ country as part of our ongoing series in collaboration with them called ‘Global Child Rights and Wrongs’.

SaveYourChildren also gives links to other articles which relate similar factors.

  

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Ian Josephs has a very pertinent comment in the comments section under Mrutyuanjai Mishra's article. I take the liberty of copying it:

"japanese deprived mother
Submitted by ian josephs (not verified) on Sun, 2018-02-18 13:30
Shocking indeed but at least she can protest to the media identifying herself and child (or can she?) In the UK about 200 parents per year go to jail for breaking the enforced secrecy that surrounds the UK Family Courts"

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Submitted by Marianne Skanland (not verified) on Wed, 2018-02-21 21:41
Yes, Ian, as regards freedom of speech Britain is certainly the worst of the countries I keep track of regarding this issue. So far Norway, Sweden and Denmark have not forbidden the families to publicise their case. But I can tell you that if the family does so, it is used against them, as a proof that they do not care for "the child's best interest". Norway: It is punished with further sanctions when the family tries to get the children back, or the CPS cut down on the rare meetings which parents and children have been granted (ordinarily: 3 times a year, an hour or two under supervision; otherwise: twice or once a year. For a parent to be allowed to see the children every month is unusual). Certainly, both parents and others are not infrequently threatened, to make them shut up. Besides, there have been legislative changes here over several years, making the families' position increasingly difficult. For example, it is now punished by imprisonment to flee abroad with your children the minute the CPS send their demand for take-over of custody to the County Committee (a preliminary to the courts), long before any court-decision. There are further new practices, rules and laws brewing also. I know of similar examples from Denmark. I had one very good and well-informed contact there (she has unfortunately died), and several others, I have also taken part in a demonstration in front of the Danish Supreme Court, and I remember several cases where publicity was used against the family and where the authorities told the families that it was illegal, and searched in everything they wrote on the web to find something actually illegal."

  

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Dr Kaustav Bhattacharyya:
Plato’s influence on Western child-protection laws of today
Sunday Guardian, 24 February 2018

"Searching for answers about the dysfunctional Western child welfare system, which is unjustly confiscating thousands of children from their families every year, I found a possible answer in Plato, whose profound influence on Western thought is well-known.
    A lot of my understanding of Plato comes from the legendary thinker Karl Popper and his work The Open Society and its Enemies, which provided a rich resource for this article. Karl Popper, deliberating on the ideas, thoughts and ideals of Plato, found they corroborated with modern versions of communism or, as he lucidly expounds: 'Plato’s description of the perfect or best state has usually been interpreted as the Utopian programme of a progressivist.' "


"So Plato’s is a communitarian model for women, children and the family, or what would be termed as nationalisation of family and children in contemporary leftist parlance. It is also nearly a version of the oft-repeated refrain in modern child rights discourse that children do not “belong” to their parents."

"Filial ties are to be subordinated to the state or, at best, tolerated at the mercy of the state. This idea of family as a source of disruption to society and the mistrust of family, especially in its ability to raise “ideal” children, is a leitmotif in modern child-welfare discourse. Though dressed up in flowery language about saving children from the trauma of bad parenting, the ultimate justification of child protection advocates for state intervention in child raising is that if children are not raised in the proper conditions they will grow into unproductive and even dangerous adults, causing social instability and decline."

  

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Sunday Guardian's introduction to Kaustav Bhattacharyya's article:

In this week's installment of Global Child Rights and Wrongs, run in collaboration with http://www.saveyourchildren.in, Dr Kaustav Bhattacharyya traced key themes in today's child protection thinking of the West to the ideas of the ancient Greek philosopher Plato. Plato had a deep mistrust of the family as an institution and made some extreme suggestions about erasing filial ties in order to achieve social order and cohesion. Ideas that may have been precursors of today's anti-family doctrine of child welfare that UNICEF, Save the Children and other Western children's charities are pushing India to adopt.

  

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Kaustav Bhattacharyya's article is now also on SaveYourChildren, under the title
   
Plato as the Forebear of Draconian Modern Child Protection

  

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Suranya Aiyar:
Stop compiling reports, and start doing some real work
The global child-protection industry, comprising cash-rich rights groups and NGOs, has lately been embroiled in numerous abuse scandals. It’s now time to establish accountability and demand answers.
Sunday Guardian, 3 March 2018

"Within hours Bright Young Things from the world of child rights were on television telling us how the highest rate of child abuse is in the family. The child-rights brigade never loses an opportunity to run down the family, even when the case does not involve a family member and the incident took place, not in the home, but in that Holiest of the Holy places (or so they tell women like me who choose to give up work to take care of our children) the Workplace!"

"For decades the claim about the highest rates of child abuse being in the family has been the rallying call of international children’s NGOs. They have used it to whip up public hysteria about an “epidemic” of sexual abuse in the family about which they claim there is a “conspiracy of silence”. They have used it to ask for harsh laws allowing the state to confiscate children from parents. And they are using it for perverse social campaigns like the one to stop telling your child to hug visiting relatives!"

"The child protection lobbies rig statistics for child abuse in a number of ways. A particularly egregious example is the UNICEF-Save the Children Study on Child Abuse India, 2007."

"You may ask why the child-rights groups would rig figures on child abuse. The answer is because spinning a yarn about an urgent and hidden case of abuse or deprivation is the easiest type of work in child policy."

"So let’s stop listening to the child rights gurus for a moment and do what they keep telling us parents to do—listen to the children. The last few months have seen a tsunami of sexual misconduct allegations by young people accusing their seniors, bosses and bigwigs in their chosen fields of all manner of abuse from sexually charged bullying to rape. Surely if there is such a thing as a culture of abuse, then it exists outside the home. A thriving culture of sexual abuse of young people and minors by non-family adults, especially adults who get access to them on the pretext of their professional association."

"Not only has the child protection industry been ignoring the culture of abuse of children outside the home, they have been guilty of molesting children themselves. Peter Newell, an iconic figure in international child protection, was jailed last week in the UK after he admitted to a historical case of repeatedly raping a 12-year-old boy. ....... But Peter Newell was no ordinary child-rights activist. He was a central figure with UNICEF. Ironically, this convicted child rapist’s pet project was a worldwide campaign against the smacking of children!"

"It is tempting to dismiss all child protection professionals as perverts and exploiters. They did it to parents on much less. But what this does tell us is that the child protection industry has not been under sufficient scrutiny to keep to any standards—whether in character of the people it hires, or in the quality of the work being done in the name of children. It is said that if you give peanuts you get monkeys. But you also get monkeys if you offload bushels-full of ripe bananas in the deep dark jungle."

  

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