Israel drops opposition to gay adoption

September 1, 2017 0 comments

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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

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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

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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

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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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Adoption support fund reaches 22,000 children

August 8, 2017 6 comments

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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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