The evil of PAF C23

Back in the bad old days of slavery in the United States, there was a thing called the ‘Underground railroad‘ which spirited escaped slaves over the border into the anti-slavery (Abolished in 1834) British run Province of Canada amongst other places. Many into Ontario, although a number of notable families who can trace their lineage back to those days ended up in BC to make their mark in a free (ish) country.

The ‘railroad’ hit its peak during the US Civil War years with estimates of up to 100,000 freed slaves being bandied about, although sources indicate that the successful number is closer to 30,000, or even as low as 6,000. Considering the network of safe houses was mostly informal, the lowest figure seems the most likely.

The reason I bring this up is the continuing furore about ‘secret courts’ and forced adoptions in the UK, the most high profile of which is the recently leaked case of Vicky Haigh, which may only be the tip of a very large and polluted iceberg. From what I can see, various UK Social Service departments have been operating against basic human rights laws, and the Police have been complicit. Although in their defence I’d say that the Police are fed a line, and are bound to comply with the demands of Social Services. All Social Services have to do is make an allegation, and the blind juggernaut of Police and Courts rumbles into action.

The heart of the problem lies with PAF C23, which sets out ‘targets’ for adoptions and care orders. At this point I blink heavily and suppress the need to go “WTF?” How can you set targets for Social Service driven adoptions like a commercial sales operation? What complete fucking genius came up with that crazy idea? What affectioned time pleaser first mooted Key Performance Indicators for adoption? Which sectionable bunch of cretins put it into action? Who insist that the practice continues? Ofsted, that’s who. I discussed the matter this morning with Mrs S, who opined that giving Social Workers ‘adoption targets’ was a licence for corruption. To quote from the UK Parliament early day motion;

Ofsted continues to put pressure on local authorities to increase the number of adoptions; recognises that the only significant way in which this can be done is to increase the adoptions of babies and toddlers

Such is the motivation for stealing unweaned children from their parents almost literally at birth. One of the cited reasons for such evil is an unverifiable ‘risk of emotional abuse’. Now being a parent, I know that low level ’emotional abuse’ is pretty much a two way street in any family. I’ve been on the receiving end, and tried very hard not to pay back in kind (Not always possible). And it’s a pretty flimsy excuse for such a draconian measure.

There’s also the accusation that certain people are using the Foster Care system as a regular source of income. At twenty thousand pounds a year per child, all you’ve got to do is foster two or three and it’s easy street, at least financially speaking. Decline the unruly teens (Who the unscrupulous would just dump back into the ‘care’ system) and go for the toddlers. Three children, and you can live quite comfortably. Mrs S and I brought our two up on a net income of almost half that. We never starved.

Some families under threat of such child theft leave the UK and often flounder in new circumstances. Others, like Miss Haigh, have a wide circle of friends and associates overseas who have perhaps assisted her with tips about where to find accommodation, shielding her identity / location from officialdom where necessary. Others may seek practical assistance from Ian Josephs ‘Forced adoption’ website. Although I think Ian could do with a little assistance in creating a more user friendly site. Too many words Ian. It needs restructuring into something a little more practical and user friendly.

Here in Canada, we are still recovering from the scandal of ‘Residential schools’ where First Nations children were taken to Borstal like establishments to be ‘educated’. The fallout is still making money for various ambulance chasing lawyers, who up until 2009 had big billboards up on Highway 19 north of town with wording like “Victim of Residential School system?” The scandal has cost the Canadian Taxpayer not far short of a billion dollars;

Total Compensation as of March 01, 2011: CAD$960,247,668

Taken from the original source here. When the scandal finally breaks (As break it must, injunctions or no) in the UK, guess who will be picking up the tab? Got it in one – Taxpayers

Perhaps the powers that be should recognise that, like with slavery, people (Even small and helpless ones) are not property.

Although I won’t be holding my breath for that penny to drop.

9 comments for “The evil of PAF C23

  1. Lord T
    May 9, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    A billion dollars? Is that all it’s only one database in Canada hardly worth mentioning.

    What gets me is nobody has gone down to social services with an Uzi yet. My kids are grown up and gone but it would have been high on my list if they came around doing that to me.

    Why commit suicide when you can make a point and perhaps save others in the future. We really are sheep. šŸ‘æ

  2. May 9, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    “What affectioned time pleaser first mooted Key Performance Indicators for adoption?”

    The sort of people who know the price of everything, but the value of nothing…

  3. john in cheshire
    May 9, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    I have had occasion to interact with social services, among other bureaucracies, over the past 20 years and I have developed a very (un)healthy hatred of all social workers. They should be sacked en masse and told to find a proper job. And anyone who shows any propensity to become a ‘social worker’ should be debarred from having any contact with people. The whole social services powerbase, together with the human rights, and race equality scams need to be shown for what they are and the funding for them should be stopped forthwith. If that was done, there would be more normal, healthy people in this country.

  4. May 9, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    What is it with social services? A short time back there was a post about how the DWP is setting targets for who’ll be thrown off, who has to go where and so on. I’ve seen them in action in other areas as well and thank goodness it wasn’t to do with me. They were complete non-comps.

    It has to attract a type who are then employed.

  5. Paul
    May 9, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Some people don’t call ’em the SS for nothing.

    People to be avoided as much as possible. Occasionally, they can be helpful but they’re usually inept and incompetent and sometimes maliciously inspired by ideology.

    Much like most politicians and councillors, in fact.

  6. May 10, 2011 at 4:55 am

    It used to be the case that SS departmets not only had targets for adoption but that reaching those targets attracted FUNDING. I think Blair or Brown put a stop to that.

    Of course SS will still go for the children of nice normal people who won’t have pit bulls to set on them and those babies will be white, normal, unsiblinged and without ‘issues’ as they will be easier to farm out to lesbians than ethnic, disabled, damaged older children with brothers and sisters to worry about.

  7. Alex Paxton
    March 2, 2012 at 10:24 am

    The situation is far worse than the last respondee believes. Not only have I lost two out of my three children into this “profitable” fostering system, but they have been separated from each other – and they have been “fostered” for the past 5 years. We are powerless to act, lawyers have achieved nothing, SS natter on about “stability of placement” and we are demonised for telling them we want them to come home. We are “failing to support the placement” or are “not working with the Local Authority”.
    Would YOU help the kidnappers of your children?
    This is the biggest scandal in the UK for over 200 years.

    • Rachel
      March 22, 2012 at 12:37 am

      They are coming after my newborn now! I’m with her 24/7. Lawyers cant help its a new secret law or something passed. We need numbers and than we need a Gameplan! Parents vs. Gov TAKE EM DOWN GET THAT TOUCHDOWN N BRING YA BABIES HOME!!!! We need Knowledge we need Numbers from both we gain Power! I’m psyched and I’m pissed!!!!

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