Adoption support fund reaches 22,000 children

August 8, 2017 6 comments

fostering and adoption

Government funding designed to help adopted children from difficult backgrounds settle in their new homes and lives has now been reached 22,000 youngsters and 18,000 families. Originally established in 2015, the Adoption Support Fund is intended to help families on limited budgets pay for any necessary therapy, counselling and parental support following the adoption of…

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Council ‘cannot force the removal of protest petition’

August 2, 2017 2 comments

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Southend Borough Council’s attempts to have a petition protesting care plans removed from the Internet amounted to interference with the parents’ right to freedom of expression a High Court Judge has ruled. The children’s mother was opposed to plans to have her two youngest children taken into care and placed for adoption. Her petition originally…

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Mickey Mouse announces adoption of foster children

July 23, 2017 2 comments

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Mickey Mouse was an integral part of a couple’s plan to tell their foster children they were going to adopt them. Tom and Courtney Gilmour of Portland, Pennsylvania, visited Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, earlier this year with their two foster children. Janielle, 12, and her ten year-old brother Elijah had lived with the…

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Care proceedings abandoned due to parents’ progress

July 20, 2017 3 comments

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A local authority has abandoned plans to take a child into care after his parents made “significant changes to their lives”. At a family court hearing in Leeds, Her Honour Judge Lynch heard that the council no longer recommended a care order for the five month-old baby boy. Instead they believed supervision by social workers…

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Government funding for child refugees falls short

July 19, 2017 3 comments

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The funding councils receive from the government for accepting unaccompanied child refugees falls significantly short of the actual costs incurred one local authority has claimed According to accountants at Nottinghamshire County Council, each unaccompanied child it accepted costs the authority approximately £44,000 per year: a sum which includes their education, accommodation and the attention of…

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Council praised for speedy improvements

July 12, 2017 0 comments

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West Berkshire Council in Newbury has been praised by Ofsted after achieving a ‘good’ rating just two years on from an ‘inadequate’ one. Back in 2015 the Council’s children’s services department received  a thumbs down from Ofsted over concerns that it was placing children at risk due to lengthy delays and a high staff turnover….

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High Court formally recognises Nigerian adoption

July 11, 2017 0 comments

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A Nigerian couple living in the UK have had their adoption of a toddler in their home country recognised in English law. ‘Mr and Mrs W’ are a married couple with temporary leave to live in the UK. They plan to return to Nigeria in two years’ time after the husband completes medical training over…

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