No Place for the Politically Correct

Birmingham Evening Mail (England), March 23, 1998 | Go to article overview

No Place for the Politically Correct


TWO months ago, the Evening Mail highlighted the fact that Birmingham Social Services were sticking obdurately to politically correct criteria in the adoption and fostering field.

The Pendrey family of Sutton Coldfield were told they had insufficient awareness of racial problems to foster their three mixed-race nephews.

Even worse was the case of the Broadhursts, of Kings Heath, adoptive parents of a mixed-race brother and sister, who said they were deterred from adopting a third by a social worker who told them they were neither a white nor a black family.

Today comes a report from The Institute of Economic Affairs which reveals that what we felt was radically wrong with cross-race adoptions in Birmingham is being repeated across the country. Politically correct social workers, it says, are blocking mixed-race adoptions and thus condemning children to years in care.

The report argues that in-built hostility to adoption has resulted in a fall of children finding new parents from 21,000 in 1975 to less than 6,000 in 1995.

Social workers are already denouncing the report as "simplistic". …

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