Fireman delivers baby girl then adopts her

February 2, 2017 1 comment

family law

A South Carolina firefighter who helped deliver a baby has revealed how he came to adopt her. In 2011, Marc Hadden responded to an emergency call which turned out to be from a woman going into labour. He soon realised that she would not be able to get to the hospital in time to give…

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Social workers ‘pressure’ foster carers

February 1, 2017 2 comments

fostering and adoption

A significant minority of foster carers feel pressured and disrespected by social workers, a survey suggests. Charity the Fostering Network polled 2,530 foster carers. Close to a third said they had been contacted by social workers about children outside the range of those they normally cared for. And of that third, three quarters said they…

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Facebook reveals woman is adopted

January 3, 2017 0 comments

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A woman in Argentina discovered she was adopted after she found an old photograph on Facebook. The photo in question was taken just weeks before she was born yet the woman’s mother, who was featured in it, was not pregnant. Having made this discovery she asked the woman who had raised her if she was…

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Labour: government is ‘obsessed with adoption’

December 19, 2016 4 comments

fostering and adoption

The government is “obsessed” with adoption, a Labour Minister has claimed. Shadow Children’s Minister Emma Lewell-Buck said the government had spent a “staggering amount” of time and money on adoption and had prioritised it “to the detriment of all other forms of care”. The MP for South Shields spoke as the controversial Children and Social…

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One in ten adoptions by gay couples

December 12, 2016 1 comment

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Same sex couples now make up almost ten per cent of those who adopt children in England, new figures have revealed. As many as 450 children were adopted by gay couples in the year ending 31 March. This was revealed by the Department for Education’s (DfE) latest statistics on adoptions and looked after children. Although…

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Missouri families unwittingly adopt half-sisters

November 26, 2016 0 comments

United States, family law

Two families from the same city in Missouri have discovered that the girls they adopted from China are half-sisters. The Galbierz family and the Maneage family both live in Weldon Spring, a city with a population of fewer than 6,000 people in the Midwestern state. Not only that, but they attended the same church and…

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Care order for autistic boy ‘plainly wrong’

November 25, 2016 0 comments

family life

A care order for an a11 year-old boy with suspected autism should be set aside, the Court of Appeal has ruled. L (Children) concerned a family with four children – three teenagers and one 11 year-old, referred to as ‘AL’, ‘JL’, ‘PL’ and ‘NL’ respectively. Social workers from Cambridgeshire County Council had been involved with…

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