Foster Children taken from couple who joined far right party

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PostSat Nov 24, 2012 4:40 pm » by Noentry


Investigation launched into why couple's foster children were taken from them 'after they joined Ukip'

'Exemplary' foster parents cared for three children from ethnic minorities
Staff from Rotherham council told couple that Ukip had 'racist' policies and their membership of it made them unsuitable carers
Couple left 'bereft' when the children were removed within a week

A council has launched an investigation into why three children were removed from the care of foster parents after they joined Ukip.

The married couple claimed they had their foster children taken away from them for joining the political party by Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council.

Roger Stone, leader of the authority, today said 'We are going to investigate to make sure everything has been done professionally. If the professionals give advice, we take it.

'We are going to investigate - we always would if somebody complains.'

Social workers told the couple, who were caring for three children from ethnic minorities, that the party had ‘racist’ policies and that their membership of it made them unsuitable carers.

The foster parents, who have been caring for children for nearly seven years and had been described as ‘exemplary’, said they were left feeling ‘stigmatised and slandered’.

Education Secretary Michael Gove said social workers at the council had made 'the wrong decision in the wrong way for the wrong reasons' and that he would be personally investigating and exploring steps to 'deal with' the situation.

Mr Gove, who heads the Government department responsible for children's services and who was himself adopted as a child, accused Rotherham of sending out a 'dreadful signal'.

'Rotherham council have made the wrong decision in the wrong way for the wrong reasons,' he said.

'Rotherham's reasons for denying this family the chance to foster are indefensible.

'The ideology behind their decision is actively harmful to children. We should not allow considerations of ethnic or cultural background to prevent children being placed with loving and stable families. We need more parents to foster, and many more to adopt.

'Any council which decides that supporting a mainstream UK political party disbars an individual from looking after children in care is sending a dreadful signal that will only decrease the number of loving homes available to children in need.

'I will be investigating just how this decision came to be made and what steps we need to take to deal with this situation.'

The case has provoked outrage from across the political spectrum with Labour leader Ed Miliband saying: 'Being a member of Ukip should not be a bar to adopting or fostering children.
Rotherham council leader, Roger Stone, today announced an investigation into the decision

Rotherham council leader, Roger Stone, today announced an investigation into the decision


'We need an urgent investigation by Rotherham Council into the circumstances of this case.

'I don't know all the facts of this case but I am clear, what matters is children in Rotherham and elsewhere, and being a member of a political party like Ukip should not be a bar to fostering children.

'We need to find out the facts and the council urgently needs to get to the bottom of exactly what happened.

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'The couple concerned are making extremely serious claims, very disturbing claims.

'Right-thinking people across the country will think there are thousands of children who need to be looked after, who need fostering, we shouldn't have the situation where membership of a party like Ukip excludes you from doing that.

'We need loving homes for children across the country. That can come in different forms, it's not about what political party you are a member of.'

The couple are worried they will be stopped from fostering again because of their membership of the UK Independence Party, which campaigns for Britain to leave the EU.

Around a dozen children have been cared for by the couple, who do not want to be named.

The three latest children, a baby girl, boy and an older girl from a troubled family, came to them in September on an emergency placement. But just eight weeks later, two staff from the Labour-run Rotherham council – the nearest to their village home in South Yorkshire – arrived and announced the local safeguarding children team had been told they were Ukip members in an anonymous tip.

The wife told the Daily Telegraph: ‘I was dumbfounded. Then my question to both of them was, “What has Ukip got to do with having the children removed?”

‘Then one of them said, “Well, Ukip have got racist policies”. The implication was that we were racist.

'[The social worker] said Ukip does not like European people and wants them all out of the country to be returned to their own countries.

‘I’m sat there and I’m thinking, “What the hell is going off here?” because I wouldn’t have joined Ukip if they thought that. I’ve got mixed race in my family.’

She claimed the social worker said: ‘We would not have placed these children with you had we known you were members of Ukip because it wouldn’t have been the right cultural match.’

The children were all removed by the end of the week, leaving the couple ‘bereft’. The wife said that the children had been loved like they were the couple's own.

The wife said: ‘We felt like we were criminals. From having a little baby in my arms, suddenly there was an empty cot.’

Her husband said: 'If we were moving the children on to happier circumstances we would be feeling warm and happy. To have it done like that, it’s beyond the pale.'

Described as 'exemplary' foster parents, the baby had put on weight and the older girl had even started called them 'mum and dad'.

The couple are in their late 50s and are former Labour voters. The husband works with disabled people and was a Royal Navy reservist for more than 30 years. The wife is a qualified nursery nurse.

A Rotherham council spokesman said last night: 'After a group of sibling children were placed with agency foster carers, issues were raised regarding the long-term suitability of the carers for these particular children.


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Why would your political affiliations dictate if you make a good parent?

This is an attack on civil liberty's

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PostSat Nov 24, 2012 4:43 pm » by Noentry


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PostSat Nov 24, 2012 4:45 pm » by Perronick


UKIP is considered far right?

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PostSat Nov 24, 2012 4:49 pm » by Umbrex


Perronick wrote:UKIP is considered far right?


anything political with ethnic connotations are labelled far right.

am i the only one who naturally makes this association in my mind when i hear far right: nazi/skinhead (neurolinguistic programing)

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PostSat Nov 24, 2012 5:19 pm » by Noentry


I know what you both mean exactly.

I have never considered UKIP as far right, to the right yes, but far right :headscratch:

But there you go many people do.

Even if they are affiliated to a party on the right, does this automatically mean they are considered racist.
I think this is a misconception that is about to be exposed.

Far right politics has been described as fascist and often called racist.
I think politics has gone a long way from the days when this was true.
Protect your society by putting them first, does not equate to being a racist or a fascist.

Time we all leave the past where it belongs!
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PostSat Nov 24, 2012 5:26 pm » by Slith


This is despicable TBH. My views when I was raising my kids alone were never called into question. I was a parent first and foremost and never imposed my beliefs on my kids or anyone else for that matter
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PostSat Nov 24, 2012 5:30 pm » by Noentry


Slith wrote:This is despicable TBH. My views when I was raising my kids alone were never called into question. I was a parent first and foremost and never imposed my beliefs on my kids or anyone else for that matter


Couldn't agree more Slith.

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PostSat Nov 24, 2012 5:46 pm » by Muchtyman


Umbrex wrote:
Perronick wrote:UKIP is considered far right?


anything political with ethnic connotations are labelled far right.

am i the only one who naturally makes this association in my mind when i hear far right: nazi/skinhead (neurolinguistic programing)



UKIP have ethnic connotations , seriously ?

This says more about the socialists , who are quite happy to use the power of the state to destroy families which would further their own political agenda .

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PostSat Nov 24, 2012 5:49 pm » by Cwmman


With the countless dealings i have had with the SS ( social services) i have never been asked what political party i support, i imagine the SS were somehow pissed of by the fosterers and this was an excuse for then to take away the children.
the social services think they are above the law and in many ways thay are.
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PostSat Nov 24, 2012 5:58 pm » by Hurtswhenipee


Here in the US a foster kid is not allowed to go swimming (I guess they feel the kid could drown) And they can't spend the night at a friends house unless everyone at the home submits to a background check. This is insane.
On thread. This is just the type of abuse of power that sickens people. Listen to Thacher where she talks about raising children to their own ethnicity. That is nuts.



Children should never be used as PAWNS in any circumstance..
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