Mixed Race Children and Fostering and Adoption
|The Golly in the Cupboard|
'The Golly in the Cupboard' by Phil Frampton is about a mixed race boy born in England in 1953. The story is one of abandonment and of a childhood spent in the care system. He managed to piece together his story so that he could write this book once he had obtained his records from Barnardo's in 1999.
Back in 1953, women were packed off miles away from their homes to have illegitimate children and society viewed mixed race relationships and their children with scorn, almost as though being mixed was a physical defect. In 2004 Phil Frampton was interviewed by the Guardian and this article was subsequently published. Guardian Newspaper .
Today mixed race children are significantly over represented in the care system and constitute the biggest minority. You can see from the attached statistics produced by British Association for Adoption and Fostering that they form 9% of looked after children.
% of children in the Care System by Ethnicity
78% (52,050) of children looked after on 31st March 2012 were white
9% (5,960) were of mixed racial background
7% (4,510) were Black or Black British
4% (2,820) were Asian or Asian British
2% (1,290) were from other ethnic groups
<1% (430) were other (refused or information not yet available)
(Statistics: England | British Association for Adoption and Fostering)
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