Forced adoption tragedy for innocent parents

Richard Carter and Karrisa Cox [Image: Facebook].

Richard Carter and Karrissa Cox [Image: Facebook].

A couple whose baby was adopted after they were wrongly accused of abuse are unlikely to ever see the child again despite being cleared, their lawyer has said.

Three years ago, Karrissa Cox and Richard Carter, from Guildford, Surrey, took the then six-week-old infant to accident and emergency after noticing bleeding in the baby’s mouth following a feed.

Bruises and what were thought to be fractures were noticed by hospital staff and a few days later the couple were charged with child cruelty and the baby was taken into care.

However, the criminal case against the couple collapsed at Guildford Crown Court after new medical evidence showed there were no signs of abuse.

It was… discovered that the child was suffering from a blood disorder, Von Willebrands II, which causes someone to bruise more easily, and a vitamin D deficiency that causes infantile rickets.

Mr Carter, a former soldier, and Ms Cox, both 25, now plan to try to win custody of their child back. “We took our child to the hospital seeking help and they stole our baby from us,” Ms Cox said.

However their lawyers believe it is unlikely the adoption – made legal by a Family Court earlier this year – will be overturned by a court as such rulings are usually final.

Lawyers for the couple said Ms Cox and Mr Carter had been refused legal aid to fight the adoption in the Family Court and criticised the decision to finalise adoption before the criminal court had made its ruling.

Defence lawyer Emma Fenn said: “This tragic case highlights the real dangers of the Government’s drive  to increase adoption and speed up family proceedings at all costs”.

Source: Couple wrongly accused of abuse ‘unlikely to see their child again’ | Crime | News | The Independent

According our friends at Wikipedia, the government “states that children are only removed and adopted out without parental consent when it is in the child’s best interests to do so. There is a legal process that must be followed and the decision ultimately rests with a judge who must decide the evidence against the parents on the balance of probabilities. Legislation requires that children are only removed from their parents if they have suffered, or are at risk of suffering, significant harm or neglect”.

But “critics have objected that the term ‘risk of significant harm’ is undefined, giving social workers too much leeway to remove children. Julie Haines, of the pressure group Justice for Families, stated in 2012 that ‘Parliament has given the courts free rein to define the term “significant harm” within case law authorities and has not deemed it necessary to provide a definitive meaning within the Children Act 1989. There is no check list of harm, no clues as to what the courts could be looking for.’

“Concern has also been raised over the provisions of the Children and Families [Act 2014], which sets out plans to speed up adoption and care proceedings.”

You can read about these provisions here.

The commenter who brought this story to Vox Political wrote: “Here’s the latest example of what happens when the adoption process is already ‘speedier’ than the process to ‘defend yourself and prove your innocence’.  Absolutely tragic.  But hey ,they have to get those doubled adoption quotas filled somehow, right?”

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  1. Joanna October 11, 2015 at 11:48 am - Reply

    Tony Blair’s government started to speed up adoptions and secret courts. Here is a website that advocates for parents who are suffering.

    If I had been adopted my life could have been so different instead I was brutally abused by the system, no justice for myself and daily suicide thoughts, and no family to maybe pull me back if/when I go over the edge!!

  2. Joanna October 11, 2015 at 11:55 am - Reply

    Although I have never had children, and i never will now, I was always warned about having children, because they would be taken into care because had been badly abused , they said I would be an abuser, now I am incredibly uneasy around children, not because I would hurt them, I would rather kill myself first, but I have been so brainwashed into thinking that I am a danger to children!

  3. rockingbass October 11, 2015 at 12:19 pm - Reply

    Just one of the risks of a tick box system of Social Work and too tighter time lines…..which I was concerned about years ago…hope the parents get their child back ..

  4. mohandeer October 11, 2015 at 2:01 pm - Reply

    This is state sanctioned kidnapping, a deplorable abuse of powers and an irresponsible failure by the judiciary to consider the child first whilst giving no “benefit of the doubt” we were (no longer) supposedly afforded by the legal system. It’s tragic and disgusting.

  5. Dez October 11, 2015 at 8:30 pm - Reply

    Yes the system is corrupt, secret beyond any fairness, parents have little of no rights or say in anything, terribly weighted to the SS (Social Services) some of whom lie without any fear of being found out …… unless the press get involved because the injustice is so great. To late it seems for this case although it should not have happemned as similar cases were found out to have been medically incorrect and all such cases should have been reviewed. Once the SS have got their minds made up nothing can stop them as there is no control over them. A year ago the High Courts were supposed to have dealt with this abuse by putting forward new rules and guidelines for better justice and righting any wrongs……….not so it seems they still continue their injustice. Children in Tony Blairs days Councils got a bounty payment for adoption which started many of the bad quick decisions that families have to live with until their kids become 16 and start coming home. And what is worse as an alternative to adoption some of the older ones are “taken into their care” and we have all read how good that is. Lots of reading matter on this gross injustice but like the other causes on this site the number of cases are so few and effect a minority it therefore does not become major news or grab attention to getting things fixed…until they knock on your door. Yes there are many cases where the SS save children from abuse and rotten lives but the system has lost the plot since Baby P skewed them to not applying a proper judgement or spending money on helping the parents get their lives sorted.. The SS are very busy at the moment with the high influx of young parentless refugees god knows how all that is going to end up as they have not got anywhere enough experienced resources to sort this out properly.

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