Birth parents lose their children to the care system for many reasons, including mental health problems, addiction, learning disability, domestic violence and deliberate neglect or abuse.

These parents still care that their child should have the quality of life provided by a Manx upbringing and do not want their children to be penalised for their own inadequacies or mistakes. Should we not therefore be careful to evidence the risk?

Birth parents often receive a limited service once the decision has been made that their child should be placed for adoption. About Adoption provides an independent worker for those birth parents who are losing (or have lost) a child to adoption. Part of this role is to help parents understand and come to terms with their child’s adoption and to see how best they can support the adoptive family until the child reaches adulthood.

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