Bullying mother ‘intimidated’ doctors

May 26, 2017 1 comment

fostering and adoption

A “lively” and “zany” teenage boy has been taken into care after his parents fabricated medical symptoms and subjected him to years of unnecessary medical treatment. The 15 year-old boy who has been made the subject of an interim care order. ‘H’ has spent significant periods of his life in hospital receiving various kinds of…

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Under 35s should be come foster carers claims charity

May 19, 2017 2 comments

children in care

More people under the age of 35 should consider becoming foster carers a charity has claimed. The Fostering Network called for younger volunteers as this year’s Foster Care Fortnight draws to a  close. The charity highlighted the fact that the great majority of foster carers are older people – less than five per cent are…

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Judge rejects adoption for 18 year-old girl

May 18, 2017 1 comment

family law

The High Court has rejected an application for an 18 year-old Pakistani girl to be adopted by her maternal aunt. After her parents’ divorce and her mother’s subsequent death from cancer, the girl moved to England where she has legally remained since. She was taken in by her mother’s sister, a British citizen, who applied…

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Kentucky Judge ‘won’t hear gay adoption cases’

May 17, 2017 1 comment

family law

A Judge in the southern state of Kentucky has caused controversy by refusing to hear adoption cases involving gay couples. Judge Mitchell Nance serves in the so-called Bluegrass State’s Family Court. Last week, he issued an order recusing (excusing) himself from any such cases. In his order, he claimed to have a “conscientious objection to…

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Council acted ‘unlawfully’ in adoption case

May 12, 2017 0 comments

family law

Essex County Council acted “unlawfully” by placing a child with adoptive parents despite her biological mother’s objections. Mr Justice Charles came to this conclusion during a judicial review published this week. He declared that the local authority had “deliberately for welfare reasons sought to prevent” the woman applying to challenge a placement order made by…

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Parents of five adopt six more children

May 9, 2017 1 comment

family law

A couple in Ohio with five children of their own have adopted six more. Christina and Christopher Sanders became foster parents to four brothers in 2014 and then took in the boys’ two sisters last year. Despite already having five biological children, the Forest Park couple subsequently decided to adopt all of the siblings they…

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Foster Care Fortnight 2017 is launched

May 9, 2017 3 comments

fostering and adoption

This year’s Foster Care Fortnight has been launched by the Fostering Network. As the name suggests, the Network is a charity which has been working to promote foster care for close to 20 years and the Fortnight is their biggest awareness-raising event each year, designed to showcase the commitment and dedication of existing foster carers…

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Costs award made against litigious father in adoption case

May 2, 2017 1 comment

fostering and adoption

An unnamed local authority has been granted a partial costs award against a father who claimed damages relating to the adoption of his daughters. He had previously taken his local authority to court complaining that it had allowed his children  to be known by the surname of prospective adopters before any adoption order had been…

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Four year-old should be adopted, High Court rules

April 27, 2017 1 comment

fostering and adoption

A four year old girl should be adopted by the family she has lived with for most of her life, the High Court has ruled. The case concerned ‘W’, who was born in November 2012. She has three older siblings – a sister and two brothers, referred to the in the judgement as ‘X’, ‘Y’…

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