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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Adoption orders ‘are stable’

December 7, 2017 5 comments

family life

Adoption orders have stabilised after dropping in the wake of high profile court decisions in 2013. The two rulings – In the matter of B and Re B-S – stressed the importance of social workers and the family courts fully considering any and all alternatives to adoption before permanently removing children from their families, an…

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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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