Thursday, 21 June 2007

Smokers to be prevented from fostering young children

The guidance has won the backing of the British Association for Adoption and Fostering. It already recommends all fostering and adoptive placements should be in non-smoking households.

Why limit this to fostering and adoption? This should also become an issue in determining child custody. Parents who smoke endanger their children. Their children's health suffers from second hand smoke and children of smokers are more likely to become smokers themselves. In determining fitness, the courts should examine how much the parents actually care for their children. Far too often the assumption is made that mothers are the better carers, and most fathers have battles to try and maintain access after separation let alone custody after divorce. Women who continue to smoke show that they are not willing to change their habits to protect their children.

And from the Observer a new piece about parents being advised about smoking at home - now being recognised as a real problem

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