Race has no place...

Black and white: Madonna with adopted son David Banda - it's love and security that count not race.
Black and white: Madonna with adopted son David Banda - it's love and security that count not race.
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A vote for common-sense...

Thanks to the most radical shake-up of the adoption system in a generation, social workers can no longer bar couples from adopting just because of their colour.

The Government has decided the only things prospective adoptive parents should be judged on is their ability to fulfil a child’s emotional and developmental needs. Not the colour of their skin.

Until now, social workers have matched people desperate to adopt with children desperate to be adopted according to religion, race and culture. The desperation bit didn’t come into it.

It didn’t work and it never could.

In an ideal world, it WOULD be better for a Somalian child to be plucked from care to be raised by new Somalian parents.

But we don’t live in an ideal world. If we did, no kids would be in care in the first place. Parents wouldn’t get sick, or addicted to drugs, or treat their own children no better than dogs.

And the numbers just don’t add up. There are thousands of children in care, waiting, just waiting, for someone to come along and give them a home. And a high number of them are black, Asian or mixed-race.

There are far too few of the right sort of people wanting to adopt, And even fewer of them are black or of an ethnic minority.

A sad, grey social mess of lonely, unloved black children and pining, childless white couples was being created. And all because some idealistic, terribly politically-correct department decided a child’s cultural identity was of such vital importance.

I have a friend who is a social worker. She qualified a few years ago having had a long-standing previous career (in the real world). She once told me in incredulous tones she had been told off at work by some PC stickler for asking for a black coffee. It was coffee without milk she should ask for. Seriously.

Several years into the job, she still can’t get her head around the fact that, at huge costs to the child’s emotional welfare, ethnicity rates so highly on the adoption tick list.

As a consequence of this black and ethnic minority children remain in care three times longer than white children. For some, the right match never comes. They spend their entire childhoods being passed around care and foster homes.

How must that make a child feel? Like they’re being penalised? Like their colour has made them a reject?

How many kids who asked: ‘Why can’t I have a new mummy and daddy?’ and were told: ‘Because you’re black and you can’t go and live with a white person’ spilled out into the world as young adults with a burning resentment for the State and its rules and no understanding of racial integration whatsoever?

At the end of the day, we ARE the same race; the human race. And what every child needs more than anything is love and security.