Friday, 10 June 2011
Would you approve Steve and Becky for adoptive parents?
This week we have seen Steve and Becky face down the Childrens' Services panel, to see whether they might be approved to be allowed to adopt a child. We'll find out next week if it's a Yay or a Nay but, musing on the subject, would you approve them if you were on that board, but knowing what we, the viewer know about them?
Let's see...On the minus side:
Steve and Becky both have a criminal record.
They live in a pub.
Steve's ex is in prison for murder.
Steve has been married three times (four if you count Karen twice).
Becky has come from a very unstable background and has been in care herself as a child.
They haven't been married very long.
They haven't really dealt with the fact that Becky can't have kids or dealt with the grief over that.
On the plus side:
Steve has proven to be a good father.
Steve has the support of his mother and some good friends.
Becky dearly loves Amy and has proven that she can be a good parent. She doesn't like to her and she treats her with respect.
Becky has the support of Roy and Hayley, good solid citizens.
I don't know. Overall, because we like them (most of us, anyway), we'd want them to be approved but I'm not so sure they'd be approval material overall. They are very strict about these things, even for just fostering.
Anna and Eddie? What about them? They've really taken a back seat in all this. We haven't seen Eddie trying to quit smoking, we haven't seen much of their interaction with the Social Services folks. Eddie is a wastrel and has had a dodgey past though we don't know if he's been in jail. Anna is a very earth-mothery type, however.
What do you think? (If you already know, please don't say!)