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Adoption of non uk citizens from care - Slovak Republic

The Slovak Republic has recently expressed concern that children in England who are children of Slovak Citizens have been adopted "without relevant reasons".

This page on the Slovak Justice Ministry website gives the official position.

This page on the TV station JOJ gives details of some of their reports about this.

These are other stories in the Slovak media:

Google gives a translation as:
Representative of the Slovak Republic in proceedings before the European Court of Human Rights and director of the Centre international legal protection of children and young people express serious concern over cases adoptions of children living biological parents with no relevant reasons, occurring in the decisions of the English courts and whose bodies are also Slovaks.

This situation is also criticized by the British media, which in this regard point to systemic failures. The reform seeks to famous British politician John Hemming, who is also the chairman of the Justice for families ("Justice for Families Campaign Group") and helping persons who face unwarranted adoption.

MP John Hemming has expressed willingness to help Slovak citizens in a similar situation with the provision of adequate legal representation in proceedings before the English courts. In this regard, it is necessary to contact the director of the Centre international legal protection of children and youth who communicates relevant information. Representative of the Slovak Republic in proceedings before the European Court of Human Rights highlights of Slovak citizens in proceedings before the English courts are at risk of adoption of the decision to turn his statement before the European Court of Human Rights with the application for interim measures under Rule 39 of the Rules of Procedure of the European Court of Human Rights ordering the English authorities not to carry out the decision about adoption. Representative of the Slovak Republic to the European Court of Human Rights is ready to intervene in case of such complaints to the European Court of Human Rights on behalf of our citizens in accordance with Article 36. 1 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, as a third party.
What you have is basically the relevant official in slovakia saying in the first paragraph that they have "serious concern" about the forcible adoption of children "with no relevant reasons".  That basically means that the adoptions are in their view unlawful (or illegal).

This bit: "Representative of the Slovak Republic in proceedings before the European Court of Human Rights highlights of Slovak citizens in proceedings before the English courts are at risk of adoption of the decision to turn his statement before the European Court of Human Rights with the application for interim measures under Rule 39 of the Rules of Procedure of the European Court of Human Rights ordering the English authorities not to carry out the decision about adoption."

Means that the Slovak Representative will ask the European Court of Human Rights to block adoptions.  It has not done this before.  It is like the arguments about the deportation of alleged terrorists.  Normally the court takes 8-10 years and awards a small amount of damages.  What is important about this part is that they are suggesting that the Court should hold back proceedings in England (remember that Cameron is asking for English proceedings to go faster).  Where this is important for UK citizens is that the court would also then old back proceedings for their children.

The rest of the fact that the Slovak Government and Justice for Families are working together you already know.


This is google's translation:
JOJ TV crews are no longer focused on the theme of children taking the British authorities and the people who choose to speak out loud, still growing. We have to see how the same Roma family living in Trnava, which forever lost to two children. Judge for yourself whether they are suitable conditions for raising children.

When we arrived at the place in the pool in the backyard is bathed children. Outside an ordinary house, but at least within the housing suitable for the upbringing of children. This is confirmed by the official report of the Slovak Social Services.

Slovaks good Englishman be

But the reality is different. In English Sheffield closed the parents of four children, to jail, so they want to logically placed in foster care. Their old father, who also worked there, but he called his wife to Slovakia, there has come to cherish the children, and so it did. She took along another granddaughter Elizabeth, which is the carer. But did not last long in the hands of officials ended all children, including little Elizabeth.

"They came and social workers from Trnava kuknúť, that if we have a pure or whether it is all right. They did the best they sent to England, or that they nezebrali account of those Englishmen," said Elizabeth's uncle.

Adopted the two children, three ahead

Thus, two years struggling grandparents on their grandchildren. Little Elizabeth and her cousin meanwhile finished the final adoption. The other three children are still waiting for it. "They do not even know to speak the Romany, or Slovak, purely English," pointed uncle.

"For all of you please come back to us children, and the second mothers, and us, bo horribly us missing our children worry much God every day, I was emotionally devastated , "she concluded with tears in the eyes of Elizabeth's grandmother.
This is not a case we have details on.  It appears that the parents were imprisoned and the children put into foster care.  Their grandmother came across with another grandchild and they took that grandchild as well.   Slovak authorities have done an assessment and come to the conclusion that the children would be OK in Slovakia, but the Sheffield City Council social workers are getting the children adopted (which is what Cameron is asking them to do).

Google's translation:
In the UK, children are taken to Slovak parents
British authorities are on social care for children strictly. It has suffered a number of Slovak families.

BRATISLAVA. The oldest boy is eleven, the youngest girl a little more than a month. Five children from Slovakia living in the UK a week without parents. Those looking for a job. When they failed, they asked for social assistance offices. Their children taken into temporary foster care.

The case drew the attention of TV JOJ, through which it learned about our Center for International Legal Protection of Children and Youth.

Help from Slovakia
"We believe that we will find a way to help children," said center director Andrea Císarová. Find out at what stage the case of families around Humenného.

According to the preliminary information from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the older children can meet with parents twice a week. The youngest three.

Renata Goldírová the ministry says that our embassy is trying to make contact with the court. It will examine whether the parents can raise their children. Examine their background (in Slovakia have yet to have a house and five children) and whether children attend school.

Is not an isolated case families from us. Unofficially, about thirty families in the last three years taken their children.

Temporary foster care is the intermediate step before adoption. If the case reaches up there, there is a risk that parents will not see the kids.

Trying to help and our representative before the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) Marica Pirošíková. Many options but in confrontation with British authorities has.

Its position is changed only when the parents turn to Strasbourg .

Strasbourg, Council of
In this case, may intervene in their favor. If the European Court found a violation of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, should be eager not only to redress and resolve the situation. The result may be a change in British law or practice, which would prevent the taking of children to parents.

Pirošíková recommended to parents before the British authorities warned the verdicts Strasbourg. He has held that removal of a child from parental care should generally be regarded as a temporary measure.

If there is a risk that a decision on the adoption, so parents should be promptly go to the European court and seek an injunction not to implement this decision to the ECHR verdict.

We found that only štvrťmiliónovom Walsall region, with around 1500 in Slovak and English speaking population, controlled the last three months 87 families. This was confirmed by an official of the regional office of the local. Just last year in this region taken about 500 parents of children. Their nationality was not identified.

"The first contact can trigger a call from neighbors, teachers or entourage. So anyone who suspects they may involve social authorities to the problem, "said an official.
This makes reference to the fact that the European Court can change the practise in England.  We don't have the details of these cases.
They appear to be of a homeless family losing children to adoption.   Some of these are Roma.   The one we are dealing with at the moment is not a Roma family.
It also make reference to the European Court using Article 39 which it hasn't previously in this subject area.



British officials heightened social pressure on families Čonkovcov. While their children are allowed to visit them, but they could not hug, they were forbidden tears, hugging, explain the situation and hope vlievanie. What is strange, however, one of their sons have ceased to remember Slovak friends. English lawyer talks about brainwashing. Moreover Čonkovci become homeless ...

Washed their brains?

Family Čonkovcov fell to a new base. Their five children taken to finally see a second time. But under the strict supervision and under strict conditions. "Miso wept, pulled my hair, it will not go anywhere he wants to be with us," says Veronika contrite mother. This, however, noticed another thing. When the bowl gave a greeting from a good friend from school, even the mention of him.

According to the English lawyer to help such families, it is common practice Social Services. Ide said about brainwashing and preparation for life in a new family. "Often children taken computers, mobile phones, they can not contact their loved ones. shall not write letters, talk about a real family. they are inserted into the head that their past lives are forgotten" says Ian Josephs.

Meeting as the nightmare

The meeting took place while on neutral ground. Locked building, personal inspection, removal of mobile phones. In addition to the family in the room were four social workers and two police officers. When leaving parents and children locked done, go up to 15 minutes for them. "When we whispered something, just listen ... I prefer them stole and ran away."

The Čonkovcov homeless in London

Moreover Čonkovci become homeless. Promised alternative accommodation and get to cause problems to my friends, went to London.

Already on Monday, waiting for other family court hearing. Will be evaluated as they are kept at a meeting with children. But now I have a horror of what the social workers have pulled out. However, what they desire most is to meet with the rest of the family in Slovakia, complete with withdrawn children. Siblings Slovakia addition of its new sibling, who was born in England, has not seen before.

Son of another family already knows Slovak

In addition, we contacted three other families came together for 12 children. One of them lost her son four years ago. "boy enjoyed making. were found to have been tortured, but even so it took us. took and done. yet there," says his father. The four other children, however, the family left.
This refers to another case.   It makes reference to the family being banned from hugging their children in contact sessions, or crying.  It also complains about the Slovak children being brainwashed.

This isn't the case we are dealing with.
Behind all of this is a threat to the international recognition of English court orders.  There is already a European Arrest Warrant for a mother who took her son from Foster care in I think 2007, but maybe 2006 or 8.  She is living in France, but it appears that the French authorities believe that it is wrong to execute the arrest warrant and are on the edge of ignoring it.  I have contact details here.

The Hague Convention depends upon acceptance of common standards of justice.  There has been a recent row between Belgium and England over a child that was taken from Belgium on forged documents which England refuses to return to Belgium.  I do have the contact details for the father for this case.

The ECtHR has tended not to criticise judges, but in this case it is the judicary rather than the politicians that are setting the rules.  The recent judgment from Kirsty Seddon almost went against the UK, but on a majority didn't.  I think the slovak government's concerns have the potential of shifting the balance in strasbourg and making the court more interventionist.  Otherwise the international conventions will fail in a massive row.

I am writing to all of the embassies (the letters are written I need to sign them) to look at the situation with other countries.

There is an element in this that the children are often white and relatively intelligent so it is easier to get them adopted than say teh chidlren of parents with learning difficulties.

There is another issue.  We have in the UK the Human Rights and Equality Commission and the National Council for Civil Liberties.  If the Slovak institutions are worried about the abuse of human rights in the UK (rightly so) why are the Human Rights and NCCL (LIberty) not worried.  Have they simply turned a blind eye to this abuse of the human rights of generally poor people wrongly alleged to have maltreated or neglected their children.

In essence the English and Welsh jurisdiction has devalued families.


TotallyConfused said…
Yet you did NOTHING for a non British child in your own constituency!
John Hemming said…
We have been through this before.
a) I am not entirely supportive of your case.
b) When you were "in my constituency" I was not the MP.

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