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Crystal Walton; A pawn in a shameful adoption system

The Original News Story Of Crystal Walton

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Crystal Walton; A pawn in a shameful adoption system!
Two-year-old Crystal Walton smiles at the camera, her blonde hair blowing in the wind. The photograph of the enchanting little girl looks as though it should have pride of place in a treasured family album. Yet nothing could be further from the truth.
This picture was used to advertise Crystal’s availability for adoption – appearing in a tabloid national newspaper with an accompanying blurb describing her as a “clever, lively, cheerful toddler” who likes puzzles and swimming.
A phone number was printed alongside for anyone interested in becoming her new parents.
Perhaps a million people saw the heart-breaking advert which had been placed by a London council, and streams of callers offered to take care of her.
Yet that is not the whole story. The truth is that Crystal had become a pawn in an adoption system that should shame
In 2000, Tony Blair set new targets to raise the number of children being adopted by 50 per cent – to a total of 5,400 every year.
He promised millions of pounds to councils that managed to achieve the targets. Some have already received more than £20million for successfully pushing up the number of adoptions.
This sweeping shake-up in social policy was designed for all the right reasons: to get older children languishing in care homes into happy new families with parents.
But the reforms didn’t work. Encouraged by the promise of extra cash, councils began to earmark those children who were most easy to place in adoptive homes – babies and cute toddlers such as Crystal.

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