Social workers said Kerry was too dim to be a wife and mum …

Kerry Robertson’s real life story about her battle with social services to get her baby back appeared in the MAIL ON SUNDAY newspaper yesterday…

Sell your story Featureworld blog readers might recall my post a couple of weeks ago about Kerry and how at last she and fiance Mark McDougall have now married. She is the young woman whose wedding was halted by Fife social workers a year ago who judged her too unintelligent to understand the vows. A few months later Kerry, who was expecting the couple’s first child, and Mark fled to Ireland after the same social workers threatened to take their baby into care at birth – because they felt she was too dim to be a mum.
Tragically, although the couple felt they would be safe in Ireland, the authorities there did take baby son, Ben, into care just three days after he was born. It was absolutely traumatic for Kerry and Mark and at the time there was a huge outcry on the internet at what many saw as a persecution of a young couple.
So, knowing as I have done for a while now that Ben was being returned to Mark and Kerry, I am delighted that this wonderful follow-up story has been published at last.

Mark said yesterday: “We’re really happy with the story. It is fantastic and we can’t thank you enough.”

Since the couple approached me last year for help and support to get married and keep their son, I have placed the story with the Daily Mail several times, the Sunday Mirror, again several times, as well as the Mail on Sunday – and also on TV.

If you need help email me here: Sell my story for Justice


The generations of single mums…

Interviewee Kayleigh Watson, who was featured in the Daily Mail piece recently about single mums, appeared in the paper again today. This time I spoke to her mum and gran, who were also single mums about how these days there is no stigma to being unmarried when you have a child (unlike in gran’s case when it brought shame on the family). Kayleigh’s story was placed with a news story about the growth of single parenthood through the generations. Kayleigh is pictured with her mum, Pauline and gran, Jane as well as one of Kayleigh’s two children.
Kayleigh is one of many interviewees whose story is placed not once but twice (and often more!)
For more interesting reading – and to see the variety of publications that interviewee’s stories went to last year go to – www.featureworld.co.uk/recent-stories2009.html



Why I chose to become a single mum …

Two of my ladies appeared in the Daily Mail‘s discussion article about single mums on Saturday. This story followed research published earlier in the week that more teenage girls are choosing to have a baby. Various reasons were given, from wanting to leave home to needing something of their own to love (without any interference from a dad.)
It certainly made an interesting read.
Kayleigh and Joanna, the mums featured, had applied to be in newspaper and magazine articles through my Featureworld Casting Directory. This is a unique service where people can sign up for free alerts about stories I am currently researching. They then choose which features they want to contribute to – and are paid for their time.
If you would like the chance to give your view in a magazine, newspaper or even on TV – but don’t have a story to sell – the Featureworld Casting Directory could work for you.
To find out more go to: http://www.featureworld.co.uk/get_on_tv.html