Yet this disturbing scenario is played out every day.The number of babies under one month old being taken into care for adoption is now running at almost four a day (a 300 per cent increase over a decade).As High Court judge Mr Justice Munby told MPs last year: "It seems quite indefensible that there should be no access by the media, and no access by the public, to what is going on in courts where judges are, day by day, taking people's children away."However, it is not only secretive and publicly unscrutinised family courts that are creating an injustice in our adoption system. John Hemming, a Liberal Democrat MP campaigning to change the adoption system, said yesterday: "I have evidence that 1,000 children are wrongly being seized from their birth parents each year even though they have not been harmed in any way.
Time and again, the mothers say they are innocent of any wrongdoing.
Of course, there are people who are not fit to be parents and it is the duty of any responsible State to protect their children.
Critics - including family solicitors, MPs and midwives as well as the wronged families - report cases where young children are selected, even before birth, by social workers in order to win the bonuses.
More chillingly, parents have been told by social workers they must lose their children because, at some time in the future, they abuse them.
In total, 75 children of all ages are being removed from their parents every week before being handed over to new families.