Parents join forces in Portsmouth protest against care system and adoption

HUNDREDS will take to the street in a protest against ‘forced adoption’.

The demonstration will take place outside the civic offices in Guildhall Square in Portsmouth.

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It has been organised by supporters of parents who have seen their children go through the care system and have then been adopted and taken in by new families.

Many of the parents felt social services could have done more to keep the children with them.

Stephanie Kimber has organised the protest, which runs from 8am to 5pm on Friday.

She said: ‘It’s a privilege to be a parent – not a right. These are good people and are good parents.

‘We are trying to get their children’s voices heard. The UK care system needs a complete overhaul.

‘We would like some better support in place for parents that have to have children removed.’

Julian Wooster, Portsmouth City Council’s director of children’s and adult services, said: ‘Where possible we will always work with families to support them with the care of their children and to resolve the difficulties they may have.

‘Whilst the majority of children receiving our services remain within their families, for a minority this is not possible and decisions regarding this are made independently via courts in line with all of our duties to protect children and ensure their wellbeing. We are aware of plans for a peaceful protest and people have every right to express their opinions in this way.’

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