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Penny Booth: Never mind... Christmas is coming...

Date:10 JAN 2012

Penny BoothChristmas and New Year are often regarded as tough times for families - folklore (or is it folklaw?) has it that January is busy for divorce petitions but I would prefer to go with something more cheery - not that divorce couldn't ever be cheery because after all for some it could be the best thing that ever happened and better than the alternative.

Anyway; whilst trying to think of something more ‘cheery' I was struck by the furore of the potential threat posed by Facebook until I realised it didn't refer to the easy waste of time slickly provided by social networking but the very real threat of unprepared adopted youngsters being contacted via Facebook by natural parents. Lives can be thrown into turmoil when natural parents undermine the careful preparation of adopted youngsters for possible contact with birth families. According to reports there are growing numbers of contacts made through this medium sometimes by natural parents who were...

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