Posts Tagged ‘race’

ADOPTION: SIMPLISTIC SOLUTIONS?

March 15, 2012

The complexity of adoption is again in the news – although the process is being presented as a simple exercise that only takes a lot of time because of “politically correct” (and therefore incompetent) social workers.

Figures are thrown around without explanations of the context.  For instance, “3600 children under the age of one were in care last year” a  with no explanation of the proportion of those babies who were actually available for adoption – in contrast to those in temporary care arrangements, whose parent(s) may not have released them for adoption, who may have complex disabilities requiring particular family circumstances, or who may be part of family groups including older children.   One press report compared the number of adoptions in 2010 with the numbers from the years before the full impact of changes in the abortion legislation reduced the number of babies who were given up at birth. b

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IMPORTANCE OF RACE AND ETHNICITY IN ADOPTION OF BLACK CHILDREN

March 15, 2012

In a discussion of adoption on Radio 4’s Today programme last year, Dr Derrick Campbell, Chief Executive of Race Equality Sandwell, stressed the importance of considerations of heritage and culture when black children are being adopted.

Ben Douglas, a black man adopted by a white family, was dismissive

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‘RACE’, THE POLICE AND THE STEPHEN LAWRENCE CASE[1]

March 15, 2012

With the conviction of Gary Dobson and David Norris for the murder of Stephen Lawrence, there has been much media comment about the impact of race on the case and comparisons of 1993 and 2012.

It is evident that many commentators still have little understanding of the nature of ‘racism’ – particularly ‘institutional racism.’

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