Mickey Mouse announces adoption of foster children

July 23, 2017 2 comments

family law

Mickey Mouse was an integral part of a couple’s plan to tell their foster children they were going to adopt them. Tom and Courtney Gilmour of Portland, Pennsylvania, visited Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, earlier this year with their two foster children. Janielle, 12, and her ten year-old brother Elijah had lived with the…

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Care proceedings abandoned due to parents’ progress

July 20, 2017 3 comments

family life

A local authority has abandoned plans to take a child into care after his parents made “significant changes to their lives”. At a family court hearing in Leeds, Her Honour Judge Lynch heard that the council no longer recommended a care order for the five month-old baby boy. Instead they believed supervision by social workers…

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Government funding for child refugees falls short

July 19, 2017 3 comments

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The funding councils receive from the government for accepting unaccompanied child refugees falls significantly short of the actual costs incurred one local authority has claimed According to accountants at Nottinghamshire County Council, each unaccompanied child it accepted costs the authority approximately £44,000 per year: a sum which includes their education, accommodation and the attention of…

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Council praised for speedy improvements

July 12, 2017 0 comments

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West Berkshire Council in Newbury has been praised by Ofsted after achieving a ‘good’ rating just two years on from an ‘inadequate’ one. Back in 2015 the Council’s children’s services department received  a thumbs down from Ofsted over concerns that it was placing children at risk due to lengthy delays and a high staff turnover….

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High Court formally recognises Nigerian adoption

July 11, 2017 0 comments

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A Nigerian couple living in the UK have had their adoption of a toddler in their home country recognised in English law. ‘Mr and Mrs W’ are a married couple with temporary leave to live in the UK. They plan to return to Nigeria in two years’ time after the husband completes medical training over…

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Adopt a child and change a life!

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July 10, 2017 1 comment

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Stowe Family Law has launched a new adoption services department. Here Senior Solicitor Amy Foweather outlines the different stages of adopting a child – and changing a life. Adopting a child is one of the biggest and most life-changing decisions that anyone can make. But, as many of our clients will confirm, making that decision…

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Sikh couple seek declaration after adoption refusal

June 27, 2017 0 comments

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A British Sikh couple have launched legal proceedings  after they were turned away by an adoption agency due to their ethnic background. Following unsuccessful fertility treatment, Sandeep and Reena Mander had applied to adopt a child. But they were told by the agency Adopt Berkshire that the only children available for adoption in their region…

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Baby born to isolated mother to be adopted

June 27, 2017 3 comments

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A baby born to a young woman in uncertain circumstances should be adopted, the High Court has declared, and the father need not be informed. In a case described by a High Court judge as “very exceptional”, she had presented herself at a hospital one day, saying she felt unwell. Doctors quickly determined that the…

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