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News: Government consults on plans to accelerate adoption

September 19, 2012 0 comments

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The Department for Education has launched a consultation on measures designed to speed up and simplify the adoption and fostering process in order to  encourage more people to participate. The proposed measures include elimination of the existing legal requirement for previously approved adopters or foster carers to undergo a criminal records check if they wish…

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Wedding jitters

September 19, 2012 0 comments

Are you getting married in the morning? (Ding dong! the bells are gonna chime!) How do you feel about that? Are you filled with the joys and ready for a bright and shiny new life with your best beloved? Or is there a nagging doubt or two, lurking somewhere at the back of your mind?…

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News: US singer discusses child custody victory

September 19, 2012 0 comments

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US R&B singer and actor Usher has spoken on national television about his recent success in a child custody dispute with ex-wife Tameka Foster. The 33-year old performer was awarded primary custody of the couple’s two sons – four-year old Ussher Raymond V and three-year old Naviyd Ely Raymond – on August 24. During lengthy…

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Adoption and a new life

September 18, 2012 2 comments

As we recently saw, applications for places in care are at an all-time high. This is sad news for society and sad news for the youngsters who face years in children’s homes without the support of a family – even if they have been removed from chaotic or abusive home lives. Many will go on…

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News: US actresses embroiled in international custody disputes

September 18, 2012 0 comments

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High profile US actresses Halle Berry, 46, and Kelly Rutherford, 43, are both currently embroiled in international custody disputes with former partners. Berry, famous for her roles in Die Another Day, Monster’s Ball and X-Men, has expressed an interest in moving to France with her current partner, French actor Olivier Martinez, and her four-year old…

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Marriage in black and white

September 17, 2012 3 comments

So it seem that the world’s most famous bachelorette – Jennifer Aniston – is on the verge of marrying fiancé Justin Theroux. But, or so say the stories, she won’t marry the actor and screenwriter until he has signed a prenuptial agreement. The Daily Star quotes a source saying: “Jen’s thrilled to be getting married…

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Losing it (and gaining it) after divorce

September 14, 2012 0 comments

The observation that besides bereavement, divorce and moving house are the two most stressful events in adult life has become a familiar cliché. Maybe we can all think of a few things to add to the list – illness for example – but there can be no doubt that divorce is close to the top…

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In care and in school

September 13, 2012 2 comments

All children are vulnerable but children in care are the most vulnerable of all. They must navigate the tricky waters of childhood and grow into emotionally and intellectually fully- formed adults with little or no access to their parents. Of course those parents have often been removed from the picture for very good reasons, but…

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