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    Does anyone else think its odd that channel 4 seem to have regular adverts to adopt children? It seems to me they're marketing them like toilet roll or chocolate or anything else there are adverts for, I cant get my head around it,seems daft.

    Whats your opinion?

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    When they have a "BOGOF" I'll consider buying some, then sell them on to some knicker factory somewhere . . . .




    = profit

    Don't really see the problem with it. At least one of the channels is helping out. That's the way I look at it.

    Seriously though, don't see the point of these adverts, here goes:

    My ex Boss's Daughter, mid 30's with partner who was mortgage free and combined 6 figure income had to BATTLE tooth and nail to adopt - finally after 2 years of red tape and checks they did it and young Bradley is a much loved part of thier family.

    In contrast, we had neighbours who we and other neighbours got evicted (council renting them a private residence) who managed to take on 3 kids with "difficulties" and they openly bragged they received in excess of £500 per month per child and were "coining it in".

    they don't have the kids anymore.

    Culminated one afternoon when the stay at home "mum" was too drunk by 3pm to watch the boys (ages 6 and 9) and the 9 year old was stood on the front lawn with his brother hanging out the top window shouting "jump, i'll catch you" . . . .

    mbgringo;5240660

    When they have a "BOGOF" I'll consider buying some, then sell them on to … When they have a "BOGOF" I'll consider buying some, then sell them on to some knicker factory somewhere . . . .= profit



    pmsl, would you get quidco?

    In all seriousness though, i think the more publicity it gets the better, there are thousands of children in the care system that need a family, and there are thousands of couples that cant have children and want them, so the more publicity it gets the better:)

    I watched the doc the other day with the gay couple wanting to adopt but they seemed like they wanted to pick and choose the perfect child, almost like it was an accessory, in the end i was quite glad they did not end up adopting (even though they were accepted) would be very hard for a child to have same sex parents i think, you know how cruel kids can be, would be awfull at school etc, its a shame but its the world we live in atm,

    mbgringo;5240705

    Seriously though, don't see the point of these adverts, here goes:My ex … Seriously though, don't see the point of these adverts, here goes:My ex Boss's Daughter, mid 30's with partner who was mortgage free and combined 6 figure income had to BATTLE tooth and nail to adopt - finally after 2 years of red tape and checks they did it and young Bradley is a much loved part of thier family.In contrast, we had neighbours who we and other neighbours got evicted (council renting them a private residence) who managed to take on 3 kids with "difficulties" and they openly bragged they received in excess of £500 per month per child and were "coining it in".they don't have the kids anymore.Culminated one afternoon when the stay at home "mum" was too drunk by 3pm to watch the boys (ages 6 and 9) and the 9 year old was stood on the front lawn with his brother hanging out the top window shouting "jump, i'll catch you" . . . .



    You're describing two situations you know about. That however doesn't mean there aren't many other couples who fit the bill like the ones you first mentioned.

    Therein lies the need to promote adoption.

    moob;5240759

    You're describing two situations you know about. That however doesn't … You're describing two situations you know about. That however doesn't mean there aren't many other couples who fit the bill like the ones you first mentioned.Therein lies the need to promote adoption.



    I agree completely.

    Original Poster

    I think its good to get the concept of adoptiong out there...but the thing is that the ads seem to be for THAT child...it just seems weird to me.....

    moob;5240759

    You're describing two situations you know about. That however doesn't … You're describing two situations you know about. That however doesn't mean there aren't many other couples who fit the bill like the ones you first mentioned.Therein lies the need to promote adoption.



    I would argue that couples such as the first example are in it for the right reasons and would enquire about it through the correct channels regardless . . .

    Advertising something this important opens up the options and "benefits" to less desireable foster familys, plus advertising a system which is flawed at best is a bit irresponsible . . . .

    I'm ALL FOR adoption, its one of the greatest gifts you can give or receive - if the familys are in it for the right reasons . . .


    My point re. the first example btw was that it was incredibly hard for them to adopt one child, wheras the second family picked them up seemingly at will within weeks of applying for the monetary reward . .

    think most people want to adopt babies and kids that are not mentally or physically challenged so the doc's that were on the start of this week were to highlight the "hard to place" ones. They have also been advertising on the radio the lack of people adopting and foster carers at the moment. Its a very tough process to go through adopting, my sister and her husband got a little girl (not a baby) last year and we all went to court on thursday to hear the judge tell them that they are now a "forever family" the whole process started nearly 3 years ago when they first went to meetings to see if it might be for them.

    mbgringo;5240804

    I would argue that couples such as the first example are in it for the … I would argue that couples such as the first example are in it for the right reasons and would enquire about it through the correct channels regardless . . . Advertising something this important opens up the options and "benefits" to less desireable foster familys, plus advertising a system which is flawed at best is a bit irresponsible . . . . I'm ALL FOR adoption, its one of the greatest gifts you can give or receive - if the familys are in it for the right reasons . . .My point re. the first example btw was that it was incredibly hard for them to adopt one child, wheras the second family picked them up seemingly at will within weeks of applying for the monetary reward . .



    Fair enough, but I'd like to think that the couple who were in it for the money were the exception rather than the rule.

    So my point still stands.

    moob;5241467

    Fair enough, but I'd like to think that the couple who were in it for the … Fair enough, but I'd like to think that the couple who were in it for the money were the exception rather than the rule.So my point still stands.



    As does mine

    (I'm speculating, but they had a family they were friends with who had 2 x kids with Autism, in it for the money as well which alarmed me - hence my scepticism regarding the need to advertise the fact . . .)

    There are scumbags like that everywhere unfortunately. Thankfully they are in the minority.

    moob;5241622

    There are scumbags like that everywhere unfortunately. Thankfully they … There are scumbags like that everywhere unfortunately. Thankfully they are in the minority.



    I know, and they had the kids taken off them, but I wonder what the repurcussions are? Its fine they take the kids out of the situation, but hardly fair or condusive to building any feeling of normality for them - they just seemed to walk away, relocate and start to plot and scheme on how to screw the system again.

    They are nearly as bad as an MP's expenses claim . . . . :-D

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    clondikemike;5240758

    I watched the doc the other day with the gay couple wanting to adopt but … I watched the doc the other day with the gay couple wanting to adopt but they seemed like they wanted to pick and choose the perfect child, almost like it was an accessory, in the end i was quite glad they did not end up adopting (even though they were accepted) would be very hard for a child to have same sex parents i think, you know how cruel kids can be, would be awfull at school etc, its a shame but its the world we live in atm,



    Really?

    clondikemike;5240758

    I watched the doc the other day with the gay couple wanting to adopt but … I watched the doc the other day with the gay couple wanting to adopt but they seemed like they wanted to pick and choose the perfect child, almost like it was an accessory, in the end i was quite glad they did not end up adopting (even though they were accepted) would be very hard for a child to have same sex parents i think, you know how cruel kids can be, would be awfull at school etc, its a shame but its the world we live in atm,



    not sure how i feel about same sex parents but yes.....kids can be very cruel,
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