Welcome to a wet but slightly warmer Monday and our question this week, which is very straight forward.

Forced adoption is the controversial name given for the arguably controversial practice of removing a child from his or her biological parents when they are deemed to be unable to care for their child themselves. What makes this practice raise eyebrows is the fact that removal is not voluntary – parents are not required to give their consent when giving up their child. Instead, the Local Authority, usually, will take a child into care without parental permission and then, may place that child for adoption. These powers are given to the Local Authority through the law.

Our question then, is this: is forced adoption a necessary measure to protect children from harm or is there a better way?