Social services and adoption agencies believe up to 9,000 Nigerian children have been handed to white foster parent...
Social services and adoption agencies believe up to 9,000 Nigerian children have been handed to white foster parents by an unlawful network in the UK operating behind the backs of the authorities, reports The Guardian (p8).
The natural parents pay the foster parents typically around £30 a week.
A BBC2 documentary tonight, Black Britain, has discovered that illegal networks are operating in several English counties, including Shropshire, Kent, Hampshire, and Warwick, putting children at risk of abuse and neglect.
The Guardian says that many parents do not realise they risk losing their children. If the private arrangement is discovered, the children can be taken into care or put up for adoption.