Foster Family Loses Kids Over Political Beliefs

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Registered: 05-15-2009
Foster Family Loses Kids Over Political Beliefs
Thu, 11-29-2012 - 10:09am

A foster family in England had their children removed because they were members of the UK Independence Party (it opposes the European Union and advocates for stricter enforcement of immigration laws).  A social worker visited after receiving a "tip," and told them that their views on immigration made them "unsuitable."  The couple had been fostering children for almost seven years.

Should a couple's political beliefs affect its suitibility to foster children?

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-18-2012
Thu, 11-29-2012 - 12:49pm

Unless they are asking the foster kids to something extreme as it relates to their political beliefs, I can't imagine WHY they would remove them!  How awful for those children and for the family.  If they remove because of political beliefs, do they also remove children if their religious beliefs aren't widely accepted?  So sad.  :(

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Registered: 09-30-2011
Thu, 11-29-2012 - 1:01pm

I find it hard to believe that there isn't more to this story, after all we are just hearing from the foster parents on why the children were removed from their home.  If the social worker did make the decision soley on their political party affiliation, then they need to be under review themselves.  


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Registered: 01-23-2012
Thu, 11-29-2012 - 1:12pm

That is completely ridiculous! To me, that simply proves that common sense is an greatly endangered commodity in our society today, worldwide. To try paint everyone associated with any political party by the views of some extremist of the same group is incomprehensible. There is absolutely no political party that doesn't have some fringe extremists... none! And to make innocent children a pawn in politics is utterly horrendous. 

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-15-2009
Thu, 11-29-2012 - 2:30pm

I found this follow-up article on the same site, where the agency gives more of their side of the story:

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-05-2012
Thu, 11-29-2012 - 2:40pm

This is so ridiculous! The hoops that families have to go thru to be foster parents, and to have this happen because of political beliefs? Outrageous. This coulple opened their home to help kids in need when they could be happily selfishly retired and enjoying their golden years.

I am just in shock that this could happen to those poor kids.

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Registered: 10-23-2001
Tue, 12-04-2012 - 4:19pm
It doesn't surprise me that other countries take politics more seriously than we do. But IMO, No. I don't think a couple's political beliefs should stand in the way of fostering children worldwide, Unless there was abuse or malice do I think it should even matter. We are spoiled with freedoms in this country.



iVillage Member
Registered: 04-09-2011
Fri, 12-07-2012 - 2:43pm

In general, no. If people are armed militants, yes. I think of the Brown family in NH, armed to the teeth, booby trapped property and all, and she was a successful dentist. They are now in prison, but you wouldn't want such a family caring for foster children.

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Registered: 10-17-2012
Mon, 12-10-2012 - 1:16pm

Sounds like a made-up story...the part about the "politics." That kind of thing would be so easily over-turned, and the social worker reprimanded or fired, that it seems unlikely...not impossible, but pretty unlikely.

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Registered: 04-16-2009

I suspect what happened...

The three children are non-UK; they could be children of immigrants or illegal immigrants.  The social worker is tasked with finding the best placement for the children in her care. It has nothing to do with the rights of the couple.

This has to do with the rights of the children to be placed in a home where their ethnicity and their culture is respected and that liinks to their culture are encouraged. The children's rights are paramount.

This couple are members of a party whose main platform is anti-immigration and anti-multiculturism; trying to turn the clock back in the GB. In GB, you do not register to vote as a supporter of any party. So, if this couple's membership is known, they are probably very vocal in their support of that party's platform. All very legal but how will this vocal support impact emotionally the non-UK children in their care?

I can understand why the social worker is concerned.This couple are not banned from being foster parents but, for these particular children, the social worker felt that their home was not in their best interests in the long term. The foster parents are not the guardians of these children; the State as respresented by the Social Worker..