Daily Mail 5th July 2011
Women who are pregnant with unwanted babies should be advised to have the child and give it away for adoption, the Government’s new adoption czar said today. They should be offered adoption as a routine ‘third option’ alongside abortion or struggling to raise the baby themselves, he said.
The call from former Barnardo’s chief Martin Narey will pile fresh pressure on social workers to end three decades of hostility to adoption as a means of finding homes for children with troubled mothers.
Coalition ministers have already tried to free the way for thousands of children to find permanent new families by ordering social workers and their managers to scrap race rules that have stopped white couples from adopting black children, and barred people in their 40s and older from adoption.
Mr Narey’s plan would mean a return to the practices of the 1970s, when mothers who could not keep their children regularly offered them for adoption.