A judgment written to be understood by non-lawyers

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April 10, 2018 0 comments

fostering and adoption

Family court proceedings of virtually any type are capable of being bewildering to the parties involved. When those proceedings concern the possibility of the state removing your child from your care, then the level of bewilderment must go through the roof. In such situations it is surely essential that the court makes every effort to…

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Charity publishes guide to Islamic adoption in the UK

April 6, 2018 0 comments

family law

A guide to Islamic perspectives on adoption and fostering has been published by a UK charity. Penny Appeal, established as recently as 2009, provides “poverty relief across Asia, the Middle East and Africa”. It worked with more than 60 Islamic scholars in the UK to compile the guide, after a making a Freedom of Information…

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High Court Judge backs calls for rethink on adoption contact

March 26, 2018 7 comments

adoption

High Court Judge Lord Justice McFarlane has backed recent calls for a more flexible approach to contact with birth parents following adoption. Giving the keynote address at the annual conference of social work organisation Nagalro, the veteran judge referred in approving terms to a recent study commissioned by the British Association of Social Workers. The…

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Is adult adoption a good idea?

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March 8, 2018 0 comments

relationships

Sometimes an idea comes at you from left-field, being something that had never occurred to you previously. I may be wrong, but I cannot recall ever previously hearing of, or considering the idea of, adults being adopted. However that is just the idea that I came across the other day in a story in the…

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Adopted children should remain ‘close to birth families’

March 6, 2018 5 comments

family life

The adoption system should be restructured to allow affected children to maintain links to their birth families, social workers have suggested. The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) made this radical suggestion on publication of a study it had commissioned highlighting the detrimental effects on adopted children of losing all contact with their relatives. The…

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Siblings to be adopted as parents struggle

January 4, 2018 2 comments

family life

Three children of parents struggling with stress and depression should be adopted, a Family Court Judge has ruled. In A Local Authority v G the couple’s two daughters were aged 12 and three, while their younger brother was 19 months. The father of the oldest daughter died when she was just three. Her mother later…

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Best friends of 60+ years discover they are brothers

December 28, 2017 0 comments

family law

Two men who have been best friends for more than six decades recently discovered that they are biological brothers. The older of the two, Walter Macfarlane, was born in the Hawaiian capital Honolulu in 1943. His mother intended to give him up for adoption but, rather than go through the official process of adoption, her…

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