KDH party vice-chair Miroslava Szitova has spoken out against the practices of British social services as the number of cases of Slovak chiildren being taken into care continues to rise.
Szitova pointed out how the number of cases is increasing, even though the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family planned to draw up a memorandum a year ago aimed at limiting such cases to a minimum. The plan, though, was apparently never put into practice. Szitova underlined the incompatibility of British, Slovak and EU legislation in this area, referring to the British laws as absurd.
Speaking on behalf of the KDH party, she therefore demanded that labour minister Jan Richter inform parliament about the current status of the plan to conclude a memorandum with Britain on the subject of forced adoptions and the removal of children from their birth parents. She also called on the minister to provide figures on the number of Slovak children who have been taken by social services in Britain and how many have been returned to their families.
Szitova claims that around 2,420 children from Eastern Europe found themselves in such a situation in Britain in 2012, with almost 3,100 in 2013. An estimated 200 Slovak children have been taken into care in Britain, where the restrictive system makes it hard for parents to protect themselves and fight for their rights. The KDH party is therefore demanding that the memorandum between Slovakia and the United Kingdom be effected as soon as possible.
Cases of Slovak parents losing their children grabbed the attention of the media and public 2 years ago, with emotions running high and two demonstrations organised outside the British Embassy in Bratislava. You can read about the cases in our sub-section UK Forced Adoptions, but due to a reporting ban from the UK, most of the comments (896) to the articles on TheDaily.SK had to be removed.