Lots of bad news around for the nation's children. Only 60 adoptions of babies last year….so our hearts go out to all those who remain in care and haven't found loving homes….over 60,000 of them!
And then, the Howard League for Penal Reform accounces that more than 17,000 children are separated from their mothers who are in prison. It's advocating more community sentences so that families don't have to be broken up in this way. It says that many of the imprisoned mothers were held on remand and that of those convicted, the majority were for non-violent offences, and that if they'd been allowed to serve out their sentences in the community, 11,000 children could have been reunited with their mothers. Sometimes you feel you need a paralegal degree to sort out how to make a better life for these children.
We're sure grandparents have been playing a great part in keeping these children safe and loved while their mothers are away, but surely it makes sense for us to reform our prison system so that it's not the children who are punished for their parents' crimes?