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Best Way to Keep Your Child - Emigrate
July 13, 2014 permalink
The Daily Mirror has a brief portrait of Ian Josephs, a financially independent Briton who has helped dozens of mothers escape from child protectors by fleeing abroad.
Millionaire helping pregnant women flee UK to avoid babies taken into care
Ian Josephs has spent over £30,000 helping 200 to avoid having their newborns taken away by social services
A multi-millionaire is helping pregnant women whose babies are deemed at risk to flee the UK.
Ian Josephs has spent over £30,000 helping 200 to avoid having their newborns taken away by social services.
He pays for their fares to a new life and offers them free legal advice, even paying for lawyers in some cases.
Around 50 have fled to Ireland on his money while another 150 went to France, Spain and Italy.
Forced adoption opponent Mr Josephs, who runs a language business and has a law degree, has defended his decision to fund their escape, despite many already having children in care.
He said: “Social services have moved away from giving families support and are now too quick to take children away.
“I know what I do is controversial. People ask how I know the people I’ve helped don’t go on to do something wicked, but my reply is that even killers are entitled to lawyers.
“These woman are entitled to a fair chance to keep their children if they have not been convicted of any crime of cruelty and aren’t on drink or drugs.”
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The dad of seven set up a website and receives “around a thousand” calls a year from mothers.
Britain is the only EU country allowing forced adoption. Last year, 1,860 children were adopted without parental consent.
Mr Josephs, 82, features in an ITV documentary on Tuesday. He is shown advising a woman called Mary with previous mental health issues who has two children in care and is expecting another.
Mary, who now raises her child in France, said: “The social services here are helpful and supportive, the opposite of the UK.”
Mr Josephs says he ploughs through piles of documents before agreeing to help.
He said: “Adoption shouldn’t go ahead if a mother is begging to get her child back. They should be given a fair chance.
“Social services used to only take children away if a parent was convicted of cruelty. Now social workers are feared and hated.
But one GP who works with social services said: “People think they are right to help a mother but they do not have all the background to a case.
The documentary, which shows secret filming of social workers and police taking a child away, also features retired Court of Protection Judge, Sir Mark Hedley who claims there is “increased pressure” on social workers to intervene because of cases like Baby P.
Source: Daily Mirror