Sarah-Jane Poole, UK

Sarah-Jane Poole

‘France let me keep baby UK wanted to take away’ 

Hundreds of British parents flee the country with their children to escape ‘forced adoption’ every year. Here, one mother who came to France tells her story…

A British woman has told how she was allowed to keep her son in France after she fled the UK to stop him being taken away at birth under the Children Act.

Former health worker Sarah-Jane Poole, 33, has been investigated by French social services and deemed to pose no risk to her son, now two.

This happens to several hundred British women every year.

A baby can be removed at birth under UK law and put into foster care or up for adoption, without parental consent, if the parents are deemed to be potentially dangerous to their child in the future.

It is a prediction and not based on proof. The decision is taken in a family court, with judges hearing reports from social workers.

The reasons are varied: for example, a previous violent relationship.

Other countries remove children only if abuse is happening.

Ms Poole and her partner became subject to UK checks because she had suffered depression as a teenager and takes antidepressants. Mr James Howard, 32, who ran a window cleaning business, had a criminal record for possession of cannabis and stealing a car in his teenage years and had also undergone therapy in a psychiatric hospital.

He committed suicide nine months after their son was born in France

Ms Poole says it was the stress of the move and UK investigation. “He could not deal with the fact they took everything from us and we were powerless.
“In a matter of one day we went from having a house, friends, family, to nothing. We were in a country where we could not speak the language, we did not know where to go, we had no friends.

“It was the worst time of my life… I lost the love of my life.”

Campaigners want the law changed so children can only be removed if a crime is committed. They say suicide among such parents is not rare and often social workers cite it as a validation of their action. Ms Poole and her partner fled their home in Caldicot, south Wales, to France when she was eight months pregnant after learning their baby was at risk of being removed at birth.

After children are removed, they can be put up for “forced adoption” and, once they have been adopted or  fostered, cannot be returned.

Ms Poole’s mother, a former dental receptionist, has since moved to live with her daughter and grandson in Mirande, Gers.

Ms Poole is still traumatised by the way she and her partner were treated by Welsh social services.

It started, she said, when a friend of her partner, whom he met in the psychiatric hospital and who had mental issues, contacted social services about them.

The 50-year-old accused the pair of taking drugs and other offences and began threatening them on a daily basis.

Ms Poole said: “He sent us a text saying ‘I will make sure you never see that baby’ but social services did not take this into consideration.

“We had to go to horrendous meetings and they would say you need to do this and that… we did everything they asked.”

On the last meeting, social workers said they were allowed to take the baby after it was born.

“From day one, you could tell it was the decision they would come to. No matter what you said, they weren’t listening. The accusations against us were unfounded,” Ms Poole said.

UK social services traced the couple to France but they then came under French social services investigation.

After her son was born, Ms Poole had monthly monitoring from social workers here but this has now stopped as it was deemed unnecessary.

She said: “French social services were a dream compared to the UK.

“They really wanted to help me. They saved me.” She is now trying to build a life in France and is looking for work, and for help with learning French. She says that if she returns to the UK, her son could still be taken away from her.

“I feel safe here. But the worry is on being able to stay,” she said.

A spokesman for French social services said: “We can’t comment on an individual case but it is correct that the law in France and the UK is different. France puts the link between the mother and child at the centre.”

A Welsh social services worker, contacted by Connexion, said: “We cannot advise on this case and are not able to comment in general.”

A French documentary on the subject of forced adoptions ‘Les enfants volés d’Angleterre’ (The stolen children of England) was shown on French TV in 2016. You can see it by clicking here.

Article written by:

Selma Daddi

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6 thoughts on “Sarah-Jane Poole, UK”

  1. My son and his girlfriend are going through this now three years ago the mum was excused of attacking my granddaughter 2 weeks before she had my grandson they had a midwife who said if she had done what they said she had done she would have gone into labour with the baby they took the baby when he was 2 days old from the hospital and they been fighting to get the children back, the ss has admitted that they have over acted in taking the children they have jumped through all the hops but they still not got their children back

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  2. :Iolanda :Menino.

    I am so sorry to hear this. I pray for your grandchildren. They are evil. Thank you so much for your support and for your comment. Lets stand up and rise awareness. Lets bring our children home! Love will win! Truth will always win. With love, Iolanda

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  3. Firstly I want to thank you lolanda for sharing my story. You are an inspiration to me and my family. You have made me want to share my story even more. It is difficult to start a life in France but it’s worth every bit to be with my beautiful baby. There was no way on earth James and I were going to let them steal him at birth. One of the worst things was how people I actually knew questioned me. Society is brainwashed to think that because these Nazi’s can lawfully steal kids; they must have a good reason. YES their reason is money and feeding the desires of sick paedophiles.
    All my love to you and Leon ?

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  4. :Iolanda :Menino.

    Sarah I am very happy that you “found” me on Youtube speaking about your story. We must support each other! The snatchers they know very well how to kidnap children. They have been doing it for hundreds of years! They know how to program the people, thats why there are “TV programs”. Today I know that England is a dictatorship, and if isn’t of the interest of the paedophiles, you won’t see it on TV. I am not afraid to speak. The love that I have for my baby Santiago keeps me alive and with faith, because I believe the Mother Nature can do everything. Santiago is my baby and he will come to my arms!
    Please join me on this war against evil! Love always win! With love Iolanda <3

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