Lesbian couple to adopt despite parents’ objections

March 27, 2017 1 comment

family law

A same sex couple in Australia has won their legal battle to adopt a child despite objections from the girl’s birth parents. The Supreme Court of New South Wales in the south-east of the country ruled that the prospective parents could adopt the four year-old they have cared for since she was six months old….

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Avalanche of adoption offers for five siblings

March 17, 2017 0 comments

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Five siblings in Kansas who want to be adopted together have no shortage of potential new homes after their story went viral. The three brothers and two sisters are aged between 11 and two years old. They were featured on the state’s official adoption listing website, which is run by the Kansas Department for Children…

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Teen ‘removed without notice’

March 13, 2017 0 comments

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Essex County Council failed to follow proper procedure when it removed a vulnerable teenage girl from her aunt and uncle’s home without notice, the Local Government Ombudsman has declared. The girl had been living with her relatives since she was very young and also regularly visited her grandparents.  She had learning difficulties as a result…

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Facebook highlighted in adoption hearing

March 6, 2017 1 comment

family law

The potential value to family proceedings of social media sites like Facebook has been highlighted by a High Court Judge. The case concerned the adoption of a four year old boy whose birth mother, a foreign national, had returned to her home country and lost contact with the father. He was unable to provide social…

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Romanian orphans adopted in UK ‘struggle’ as adults

February 23, 2017 2 comments

family life

The majority of children adopted from Romanian orphanages have mental health issues even as adults, a new study suggests. Researchers from King’s College London and the University of Southampton worked together with academics from Germany on a long-term study of 165 Romanian orphans. Each child was adopted by British parents between 1990 and 1992. At…

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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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