Judge slams social worker on adoption

An independent social worker who compiled reports to help the
adoption of a US baby by an English couple may have criminal
proceedings brought against her after a judge described her work as
“deeply flawed and inadequate”.

In the High Court last week, Mr Justice Munby took the unusual step
of naming social worker Jay Carter and directed that copies of his
judgement be sent to the director of public prosecutions to
consider action against Carter and stop her working.

Carter recommended the couple be allowed to adopt the girl despite
the mother having a history of broken marriages, drug and alcohol
abuse and a recent cancer diagnosis.

A few months after the adoption, the parents split and the mother
committed suicide. The father has since abandoned the child, who is
now in care.

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