To fund research time into an article examining our child protection crisis, inequality, focusing on forced adoptions.
The piece will look at our child protection crisis. It will examine it through the lens of inequality and institutions, the relationship of media and politics to child protection. Focusing specifically on the issue of forced adoptions and the post austerity rise in adoptions.
I will be interviewing women who have been caught in the changes to adoption, and looking at the child protection crisis in the context of inequality between institutions, examining the relationship between media and politics and child protection, and how the inequality mothers face links in with that.
In a country where the means mothers have of leaving abusive situations, have been attacked from every direction, where domestic abuse services have been slashed, removal of children from their mothers for failing to protect them from abuse is a feature of child protection. New adoption regulations mean that removal can soon become adoption, with mothers and children separated permanently with little recognition of mothers as victims of abuse. This article will look at this and how legislation, social policy and government and media rhetoric are combining to create a toxic situation with regard to forced adoptions.
I will be researching new social impact bonds and the interest of investors in the UK adoption 'market' and asking how adoption procedures have changed in the last year, and how that has impacted on the lives of children and the families they are removed from.
The money will fund reading materials and interview time.