'France let me keep baby UK wanted to take away'

Sarah-Jane Poole with her son, who is now two years old

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, ...

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