A few days ago I posted on the subject of adoption. This a subject I have some experience with as my wife and I have two adopted children.
When adopting a child, you cannot “take possession” at birth, you must wait 12 days.
This to allow the birth family, or more usually, the mother, every opportunity to change her mind. During the 12 day period, the baby must be looked after by a nominated foster carer, relative of the birth mother etc.
I disagree with this policy as, in my opinion it allows time for the birth mother to bond with the baby and sometimes results in an emotional reversal of her earlier rational decision.
A correspondent to the anti Child Youth and Family website claimed that this policy was just that-a CYF policy with no actual force in law. I reprinted his claim, expressing my surprise. I thought it was law.
I have before me a letter from our adoption social worker (she saw my post)stating very clearly that the “waiting” policy is indeed the law of the land.
I apologise for any misunderstandings that may have occurred.