Adopt a child and change a life!

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July 10, 2017 1 comment

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Stowe Family Law has launched a new adoption services department. Here Senior Solicitor Amy Foweather outlines the different stages of adopting a child – and changing a life. Adopting a child is one of the biggest and most life-changing decisions that anyone can make. But, as many of our clients will confirm, making that decision…

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Sikh couple seek declaration after adoption refusal

June 27, 2017 0 comments

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A British Sikh couple have launched legal proceedings  after they were turned away by an adoption agency due to their ethnic background. Following unsuccessful fertility treatment, Sandeep and Reena Mander had applied to adopt a child. But they were told by the agency Adopt Berkshire that the only children available for adoption in their region…

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Baby born to isolated mother to be adopted

June 27, 2017 3 comments

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A baby born to a young woman in uncertain circumstances should be adopted, the High Court has declared, and the father need not be informed. In a case described by a High Court judge as “very exceptional”, she had presented herself at a hospital one day, saying she felt unwell. Doctors quickly determined that the…

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Foster carers ‘unable to pay the bills’

June 3, 2017 2 comments

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Many foster carers are “unable to afford to pay basic bills” due to a lack of government funding, a campaign group has claimed. The problem lies in the ‘Staying Put’ scheme, according to the Nationwide Association of Fostering Providers (NAFP). This programme was designed to allow children in care to remain with their foster parents…

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Bullying mother ‘intimidated’ doctors

May 26, 2017 2 comments

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A “lively” and “zany” teenage boy has been taken into care after his parents fabricated medical symptoms and subjected him to years of unnecessary medical treatment. The 15 year-old boy who has been made the subject of an interim care order. ‘H’ has spent significant periods of his life in hospital receiving various kinds of…

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Under 35s should be come foster carers claims charity

May 19, 2017 3 comments

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More people under the age of 35 should consider becoming foster carers a charity has claimed. The Fostering Network called for younger volunteers as this year’s Foster Care Fortnight draws to a  close. The charity highlighted the fact that the great majority of foster carers are older people – less than five per cent are…

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Judge rejects adoption for 18 year-old girl

May 18, 2017 1 comment

family law

The High Court has rejected an application for an 18 year-old Pakistani girl to be adopted by her maternal aunt. After her parents’ divorce and her mother’s subsequent death from cancer, the girl moved to England where she has legally remained since. She was taken in by her mother’s sister, a British citizen, who applied…

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Kentucky Judge ‘won’t hear gay adoption cases’

May 17, 2017 1 comment

family law

A Judge in the southern state of Kentucky has caused controversy by refusing to hear adoption cases involving gay couples. Judge Mitchell Nance serves in the so-called Bluegrass State’s Family Court. Last week, he issued an order recusing (excusing) himself from any such cases. In his order, he claimed to have a “conscientious objection to…

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