2011.02.20 Text 1 note

  1. Really, this was still happening?

    According to The Daily Mail (and my fav, Jezebel), the UK is just now enforcing a policy that bans social workers from stopping couples from adopting children of a different race than they are. First, how was this still going on? And second, how does news like this just go unnoticed. I feel like every time I read the Daily Mail I see something that makes my jaw drop due to its so blatantly backwards and oppressive nature, and yet, it is always kept under the radar, as if it just wasn’t a big deal. So weird. Anyways, here’s the article:

    British Social Workers No Longer Allowed To Bar Couples From Adopting Children of Different Race

    New rules that will take effect this week will end the practice of social workers stopping white adoptive couples from adopting non-white babies from inside the UK system. The move is designed to help more non-white children find permanent homes, and while a move making adoption easier is to be applauded, it seems a little silly that a rule like this existed in the first place.

    According to the Daily Mail,

    Current advice states that social workers must give ‘due consideration to the child’s religious persuasion, racial origin and cultural and linguistic background’.

    But ministers believe social workers are misinterpreting this guidance, taking it to mean that ethnicity trumps everything else.

    The new guidelines specify that any parent that can meet an adoptive child’s needs should be given consideration, including single potential parents.


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