Social worker criticised after saying christening a baby would ‘hinder chance of adoption’
by Patrick Sawer, Telegraph:
A social worker advised a couple not to christen their son because it would make it harder to get the baby adopted.
The Kent county council social worker said any attempt to place the boy for adoption would be hindered if he was “christened into the Christian faith”.
Her comments have been called “regrettable” by a family court judge who has now urged the council to hold an inquiry into the incident.
At a private family court hearing in Chatham, Kent, Judge Richard Scarratt said council officials had asked the unnamed social worker to make a decision about the little’s boy’s future.
Social services had planned to place the 15-month-old for adoption, but decided he could live with a relative.
Judge Scarratt approved the baby’s move to a relative’s home and said his parents could stay in touch with him.