Ministry of Justice reports cut in care delays

May 7, 2013 0 comments

children in care

The length of time spent by courts deciding whether to take children into care or have them adopted has been cut by six weeks, according to new figures from the Ministry of Justice. The average completion time for such cases fell from 55 weeks in 2011 to just 49 in 2012. The timeframe continued to…

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Government publishes ‘adoption passport’

May 5, 2013 0 comments

family life

A new ‘adoption passport’ published by the government aims to set out the full range of support available to people considering adopting a child. Support available includes leave from work for new adoptive parents, paid at rates similar to maternity and paternity leave. Adopters may also receive priority access to council housing and school places…

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Teenager fails in appeal against his own care hearing

April 29, 2013 2 comments

The welfare of children is a central concept in family law. As mighty and impersonal as the machinery of law may sometimes seem, it has in fact been carefully calibrated to protect the interests of – and be sensitive to the needs of – those children unfortunate enough to find themselves entangled in court proceedings…

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Judge rules against testing for disease in care case

April 28, 2013 3 comments

Court of Protection

The High Court has ruled against testing two young children for Huntington’s Disease in order to improve their chances of adoption. Re Y and Z (Minors) concerned two children, now aged three and two, who had been placed in care after the police raised concerns about their family. The father admitted being violent to the…

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Adoption rates have nearly doubled, local authorities report

April 25, 2013 0 comments

fostering and adoption

The number of children placed with adoptive families has risen by 45 per cent over the last year, according to new figures from the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS). The figure, based on data supplied by local authorities across the country, refers to children who joined new families without a formal adoption order….

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