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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Nebraska short of foster parents

April 22, 2013 0 comments

The US state of Nebraska is critically short of foster parents, according to the local Children’s Home Society. Director Michelle Moline told local TV station WOWT: “The worst feeling is when you have to say, ‘I’m sorry, we don’t have a family that can take her at this time’.” She added: “The dilemma is that…

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Children and informal kinship carers

April 17, 2013 1 comment

family life

I have written more than once on this blog about the plight of children in care. Of course children are almost always taken into care for every good reasons – to remove them from corrosive environments, from neglect and abuse. But it is never a decision to be undertaken lightly. Judges work very hard to…

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Mother loses appeal against contact order

April 15, 2013 0 comments

A mother has lost her appeal against an order prohibiting contact between her and her newborn baby. In W (A Child), a local authority had applied for the order under section 34(4) of the Children Act 1989. This states that: “On an application made by the authority or the child, the court may make an…

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Care applications at record high, says Cafcass

April 12, 2013 0 comments

children in care

Care applications have hit a record high, according to new figures from Cafcass. The service received 998 care applications across England and Wales in February, the highest figure ever recorded for a single month. The total dropped to 925 applications last month, but this figure still represented a three per cent increase on March 2012….

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New study asks children to help improve care system

April 10, 2013 0 comments

social workers

Children will be asked their views on life in care as part of a new study. The Bright-Spot project was launched this month by children’s advocacy charity Voice and the University of Bristol. Its aim is to identify practices and policies that improve children’s experiences of life in care. In order to do this, children…

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