Social workers were under fire last night after a report revealed they were breaking up foster families because the parents were the wrong colour.And once again, no proof for those claims.
It said official attempts to take mixed-race and black children away from white foster parents are heard 'regularly' in the family courts.
Race rules say they can only be adopted by adults of the same ethnic background. The guidance claims ethnic minority children suffer mental health difficulties if brought up by white parents.
Critics of the rules have jumped on this report in the hopes of persuading the DCSF to think again. They’ve chosen the predictable (and trendy) example to highlight the absurdity, too:
But critics attacked the policy as misguided. Patricia Morgan, an author on adoption and the family, said: 'There is no evidence that children brought up by parents of a different race suffer mental health problems.Mmm, yeah. Think the jury’s still out on that one, actually….
'If that was true President Obama would be a danger to us all.'
But my misgivings about the true nature of The One aside, the report shows just how sunk in dogma these social workers are:
The research on fostering and race, carried out for the Department for Children, Schools and Families, said social workers were 'confused' about why race rules were being used to decide the future of children.Can anyone see any difference here between the policies and assumptions of the SS and the policies and assumptions of the apartheid system in South Africa?
It said they were guided by skin colour, and when they spoke about culture 'they were often referring only to ethnic categorisations'.
The Bristol University researchers said that of 50 ethnic minority children whose adoption cases it followed, only 13 actually found new parents due to the insistence on 'same race placements'.
No, me neither.
BAAF remains one of the greatest advocates of applying race rules to adoption. But the Bristol report said this results in regular attempts at the deliberate destruction of foster families in which parents and children have formed a bond.So, not content with merely searching for that illusive ‘ethnic match’, thus leaving the child in foster care longer than necessary, they swoop on any indication that the children are then forming bonds with their foster carers?
In cases followed for the Pathways to Permanence for Black, Asian and Mixed Ethnicity Children report, the courts found in favour of the foster carers, it said.
It added that the hearings led to 'professional disagreements' and 'disarray' in relationships between local councils and foster parents.
Child care ‘professionals’ in action, folks…