The current practice of denying children close contact with their birth families was criticised after a review by academics at the University of Huddersfield and Royal Holloway University of London. The said denying contact with birth families can have a detrimental effect on children’s emotional wellbeing. It can lead to identity issues and when they are free to seek out their birth families at age 18, adoptive parents can be ill-prepared for the emotional consequences.
BASW is also calling for a rethink on adoption law to consider a more open approach and will also raise the difficulties in keeping adopted children apart from their birth families given widespread internet access.
Brid Featherstone, professor of social work at the University of Huddersfield, who led the review said that direct contact with birth parents should be considered and suggest instead of a legislative change a cultural shift among social workers is needed.
Read the response to the review.