High Court revokes premature adoption order

November 15, 2017 0 comments

children in care

In a rare move, the High Court has revoked a premature adoption order issued after a Judge became confused during the hearing. The placement order made in December 16 for a then two year-old boy referred to as ‘J’. Sitting the High Court, Mr Justice Hayden said: “J has been described as a happy, friendly,…

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Toddler to be adopted by his cousin

November 13, 2017 0 comments

fostering and adoption

A toddler is to be adopted by a much older cousin despite the fact that they will only be guardians to his two older brothers. The case concerned an 18 month-old toddler referred to by the pseudonym ‘Liam’. He lived with foster parents, one of whom (the judgement does not specify which) was his cousin….

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Grandmother fought for care of grandson without legal assistance

November 11, 2017 5 comments

fostering and adoption

A local authority which fought an unrepresented grandmother through the courts for care of her grandchild has been named by a family court. The woman, who works with children professionally, had  approached Gloucestershire County Council and put herself forward as a carer when her grandchild’s parents could no longer look after the baby, whose gender…

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Tower Hamlets dismisses Muslim foster care concerns

November 3, 2017 0 comments

family law

The London Borough of Tower Hamlets has dismissed media concerns over their decision to place a child in the care of a Muslim foster family. The case made national headlines earlier this year with some newspapers alleging that the family only spoke Arabic and that the child, a white Christian girl, had had her crucifix…

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Muslim father cannot discuss Islam with children

October 30, 2017 1 comment

family law

A devout Muslim father has been told he cannot discuss Islam with his three children in a ‘pressurising’ way. The children are currently being cared for by a Christian foster family. They were taken into care following the loss of their mother, who died as a result of drug and alcohol abuse. The biological parents…

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Mother’s appeal to keep children rejected

October 3, 2017 2 comments

family law

The Court of Appeal has rejected a woman’s bid to keep her two children. The woman lived with her children at her mother’s house. The father of the seven year-old girl and 11 year-old boy did not live with them but did have regular contact. Both parents reportedly had “a very significant learning disability”, although…

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Over a quarter of adopted families ‘in crisis’

September 26, 2017 4 comments

domestic violence, family law

More than a quarter of adoptive families consider themselves to be ‘in crisis’ according to new research. Nearly 3,000 subscribers to a newsletter published by the charity Adoption UK responded to questions from Radio 4 documentary programme File On 4, for an episode due for broadcast tonight (September 26). Over 25 per cent reported major…

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Judge asks: why wasn’t court money spent on therapy?

September 19, 2017 2 comments

family law

A family court judge has questioned a local authority’s decision to spend money on care proceedings for the second child born to a vulnerable mother rather than offer her therapy. The case concerned a five month-old baby girl who had been placed with a foster family under a temporary care order. The same family had…

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