Compassionate, Safe and Rigorous Child Protection Practice with Biological Parents of Adopted Children.
Turnell, Andrew. Elliott, Sharon. Hogg, Viv.
Published: March-April 2007
Child Abuse Review
Vol. 16, No. 2 , p. 108-119
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There is a worldwide trend towards re-energizing the use of adoption as a tool of child protection, primarily designed to ensure that children do not languish in care. This paper poses the question: does this trend obscure the rights of relinquishing parents? By inquiring into a specific case, and reflecting on the themes surrounding this practice, the authors suggest that rigorous practice, which attends to the permanency needs of the child, is possible while simultaneously being responsive to the human rights of the biological parents. (Author abstract)
child protection; adoption; birth parents; permanency