We would like to wish you a Merry Christmas, and thank our viewers for taking the time to read our posts, engage with the Researching Reform community and help to shine a light on some of the most important issues of our time.
This is also a period in which we invite you to remember those mothers and fathers who cannot be with their children this festive season, as they are being kept in state care.
In the ten years that we have been assisting families, we have never come across a parent or family member that did not love their child deeply.
If anyone doubts that reality, all you have to do is look at the way parents who lose their children to care behave once those children are gone.
Filled with the most awful pain imaginable, they fight to win their children back. They will tell you that they are prepared to do whatever it takes, but that being treated badly inside the system has made it impossible to engage with the people in charge of taking their children away. They speak calmly, and truthfully, but you have to listen first.
Perhaps the most telling signs of all, are an incredible grace and dignity in the face of their awful truth. Many of these parents go on to campaign for change, to help others going through child protection proceedings, and some even break the rules to show that the rules are broken.
Our thoughts go out to the parents and extended family members whose Christmases will feel empty and cold without their children at home. Please know that you are never alone, and that there are many of us out there, thinking about you and trying to make a change, for the better, with you.
Wishing you all a hopeful New Year,
Researching Reform xxx