Adoption support fund reaches 22,000 children

August 8, 2017 6 comments

fostering and adoption

Government funding designed to help adopted children from difficult backgrounds settle in their new homes and lives has now been reached 22,000 youngsters and 18,000 families. Originally established in 2015, the Adoption Support Fund is intended to help families on limited budgets pay for any necessary therapy, counselling and parental support following the adoption of…

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Supreme Court to hear defended divorce dispute

August 8, 2017 1 comment

family law

A woman in her 60s has been granted permission to appeal her bitter divorce dispute at the Supreme Court. Last year Tini Owens was refused a divorce from Hugh, her husband of no less than 35 years. Unusually he decided to defend her application, and even more unusually the Judge ruled in his favour, claiming…

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Sir James Munby approves care plan for suicidal teen

August 8, 2017 5 comments

family law

Following a strongly worded judgement on the welfare of a teenager thought to be a suicide risk, Britain’s most senior family law judge has approved new plans for her care. Sir James Munby’s ruling expressed his anger at the difficulties the court had encountered in finding a place in a suitably equitably equipped mental health…

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Lithuanian grandfather denied care of four children

August 8, 2017 1 comment

family law

The High Court has refused to place four children in the care of their Lithuanian grandfather. All four children, who were one, two, five and seven years old respectively, were placed in foster care last year following an interim care order. However the judgment did not specify why they had been removed from their parents….

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Government wants to postpone CSA closure

August 8, 2017 3 comments

family law

The government has announced plans to extend the planned closure of the Child Support Agency. The timed shutdown of the notorious government agency began in 2012 following the introduction of successor organisation the Child Maintenance Service (CMS), with open cases being gradually transferred to the new body. This process was due for completion at the…

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