Fostering grandmother let down by London borough

September 18, 2017 5 comments

foster care

A London grandmother who took on the care of her grandson is to receive four years-worth of backdated foster payments from the Royal Borough of Greenwich. She had taken in her grandson when social workers in the Borough grew concerned that the boy’s mother couldn’t look after him properly and said they would start care…

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Social worker’s evidence “factually impoverished”

September 13, 2017 2 comments

family law

A family court judge has described the evidence given by a social worker as “some of the most factually impoverished and unhelpful” he has ever heard. The case before Judge Moradifar in the Family Court at Reading concerned two young children, aged 16 months and two months, who have been taken into care. The local…

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Troubled mother’s two children to be adopted

September 11, 2017 1 comment

family law

The two children of a mother who had been through “horrific life experiences” as a young woman will be adopted, a Family Court Judge has ruled. Both children, who were 16 and six months old respectively, had been in foster care since birth despite the mother’s wish to care for them herself. However, a clinical…

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Welsh government examines special guardianship

September 7, 2017 0 comments

child protection

Social workers in Wales will have to consider a broader range of factors when considering special guardianship arrangement for children, under new plans. The Welsh government has launched a consultation on potential amends to the regulations which govern this increasingly favoured alternative to adoption – the Special Guardianship (Wales) Regulations 2005. In special guardianship vulnerable…

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Israel drops opposition to gay adoption

September 1, 2017 0 comments

family law

The Israeli government has now officially dropped its opposition to the idea of same sex couples adopting children. Earlier this week, the country’s Ministry of Welfare and Social Affairs filed a brief with the Israeli Supreme Court which said they had “no objection to the practice”. This came in response to a petition filed from…

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Adoption rates continue to drop

August 29, 2017 1 comment

family law

The latest adoption rates show a continuing fall in the number of vulnerable children finding new homes. Figures released by the Adoption Leadership Board show a steady drop in adoption last year. Between January and March, 1,160 children found new families. Between April and June this fell to 1,070, and then to 1,060 between July…

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Adopted child killed by biological father

August 24, 2017 0 comments

family law

A couple in Iowa have been awarded $3.25 million (£2.53 million) after the child they had temporarily adopted was killed by his biological father. When a teenage girl fell pregnant, her co-worker Rachel McFarland and her partner Heidi agreed to adopt the baby. The couple were both present when the boy was born in Des…

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Woman adopts child abandoned outside temple

August 18, 2017 0 comments

family law

A woman living in the UK has now twice adopted a girl who was found abandoned outside a Delhi temple as an infant. In a recently published judgment from November 2016, Mrs Justice Theis explained that girl, ‘X’, had been given an estimated date of birth due to the circumstances she was found in back…

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