Our thanks to Douglas for this:
“An interesting article on ResearchingReform, Attorney general intervenes in family case as natural parents push back on adoptions.
A judge has denied a birth father the right to be named on his daughter’s birth certificate following her adoption, in a case which included a direct challenge to the adoption order by the girl’s natural father.
The court held that such a move would be manifestly contrary to public policy, despite the High Court having the jurisdiction to grant a birth parent a declaration of parentage in respect of a child following the lawful adoption of that child, and the adoptive parents in the case supporting the application. (my emphasis)
As an adoptive father myself, of children whose father has disappeared after abandoning his pregnant wife, I can understand the occasional legal requirement to do things without a father’s permission (we had to prove quite extensive attempts to find the father before I could adopt). But where a father is around, and wants to have a relationship of some kind with his child, the forced adoption of a child – almost unique in human rights violations to the the UK – is abhorrent.
The judgment itself appears to be doubling down on current adoption policy to shut down what the courts and the government may now fear is an upswing in legal challenges to adoption orders by natural parents. But why protect public policy around adoption in England and Wales if it is outdated and harmful?
To deny a child a link to its birth parents is a contravention of Articles 5, 7, 8, 20(3) of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which the UK signed in 1990 and ratified in 1991.
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