Parents make Portsmouth protest against forced adoption

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PARENTS have made a stand against the issue of forced adoption.

Mothers and fathers congregated outside Portsmouth’s civic offices to highlight how authorities should not take children from their parents and place them in the care of others.

From left, Stephanie Kimber, 38, Dana Myers 27, Autumn Wilson, 22, and Karl Willers, 24 during the protest. Picture: Sarah Standing (150010-3866)

From left, Stephanie Kimber, 38, Dana Myers 27, Autumn Wilson, 22, and Karl Willers, 24 during the protest. Picture: Sarah Standing (150010-3866)

Around 15 parents showed up throughout the day and a banner was held to raise further awareness.

Passers-by came up to the protestors to learn more about the effects of forced adoption.

Autumn Wilson, 22, of Buckland, who joined the protest, said: ‘I don’t think people understand what happens behind closed doors until it happens to them.

‘Social services are supposed to be there to protect a child, and I am fully aware some people do need it, but I feel social services do not believe a parent can change.’

16/1/2015 (RS)''Stephanie Kimber from Portsea, organised an official protest against forced adoption on Friday outside the Civic offices in Portsmouth, as they have had their children taken away from them. ''Pictured is: Stephanie Kimber (38) at the protest.''Picture: Sarah Standing (150010-3892)

16/1/2015 (RS)''Stephanie Kimber from Portsea, organised an official protest against forced adoption on Friday outside the Civic offices in Portsmouth, as they have had their children taken away from them. ''Pictured is: Stephanie Kimber (38) at the protest.''Picture: Sarah Standing (150010-3892)

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